Search and Seizure

Dressing Like a Hooker Justifies Car Search, Says NM Court

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Police were right to search a vehicle carrying a passenger dressed like a prostitute, New Mexico's highest court declared in an August 30 ruling. The state Supreme Court did so to reinstate the conviction of Gunnar Olson, who was arrested December 1, 2007 after being searched by Albuquerque Police Officer Trey Economidy. At around 12:30am, Economidy spotted Olson driving behind a 7-11 convenience store at the intersection of University Boulevard and Central Avenue. He found Olson's behavior suspicious.

"The vehicle pulls in the alley, doesn't conduct any business in the alley, kind of sees me in my marked police unit, kind of gives me the impression like, 'Oh, no, the police,' then backs out and then heads back southbound," the officer testified.

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