Mississippi Man Challenges Legality of Traffic Stop

Jackson, Miss.

A man convicted of misdemeanor drunk driving is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court if law enforcement, acting on a tip, can lawfully pull him over.

Carl Richard Cook argues an anonymous tip was the only reason he was stopped by law enforcement officers as he drove across the Ross Barnett Reservoir Mar. 12, 2011.

His conviction was upheld in Rankin County Circuit Court in 2012 and by the Court of Appeals in 2013. The Supreme Court agreed to hear his appeal earlier this month.

The Appeals Court says the tipster told officers to look for a Silver Avalanche driving erratically. The court says the tip was corroborated when the exact vehicle was spotted where it was stated it would be.


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