Zilke v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
Bajrodin Zilke was charged with two counts of driving under the influence and several other traffic violations. He moved to suppress evidence of a breath test, arguing that Decari Mason, a POST-certified police officer employed at Kennesaw State University (“KSU”) lacked jurisdiction to arrest him because, without dispute, the traffic stop did not occur on or near KSU property. The trial court granted the motion. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s decision to grant appellant’s motion to suppress, holding that a POST-certified campus police officer was authorized to make arrests for traffic offenses committed in his presence though outside the territorial limits of the campus at issue. he Supreme Court agreed that Officer Mason had no authority to effect a custodial arrest of appellant outside the jurisdiction conferred by OCGA 20-3-72, and reversed the Court of Appeals.