Defendant, K.P., was walking in his neighborhood around dusk. Police asked him to stop. Instead of stopping, K.P. ran into an alleyway. Police gave chase and arrested K.P. They located narcotics in they alleyway and charged him with Possession With Intent to Deliver.
On the date of the motion, Attorney Copoulos argued that running from the police is not a crime. The mere act of running is not a basis to arrest. People are free to avoid police encounters. Because the police arrested K.P. for running, their arrest was without probable cause of criminal activity. The evidence was suppressed and charges against K.P. were withdrawn.
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