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A law enforcement officer stopped a vehicle driven by Shane Erwin for making an illegal left turn. After engaging in routine traffic stop questioning, the officer became suspicious and walked his drug-sensing dog around Defendant's vehicle. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were later found in the vehicle. Shane and his father, Richard Erwin, who was traveling in the vehicle, were both arrested. The Erwins moved to suppress evidence, alleging an illegal stop. The trial court granted the motion. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that the officer had probable cause to stop the Erwins because he witnessed a violation of S.D. Codified Laws 32-26-18, which requires that a left turning vehicle turn into the left most lawfully available lane. Remanded.