State v. StromAnnotate this Case
Defendant was a passenger in a van that was parked at a park. A police officer parked behind the van, approached the van, and asked the driver for her driver’s license and Defendant for identification. After learning that the driver did not have a license and that Defendant had an outstanding warrant, the officer placed Defendant under arrest. Defendant subsequently produced a baggie filled a methamphetamine. Defendant filed a motion to suppress her statements and the evidence, arguing that the officer lacked particularized suspicion to perform an investigatory stop when he asked her and the driver for identification. The district court denied Defendant’s motion, concluding that there had not been a seizure for which particularized suspicion was required. Thereafter, Defendant pled guilty to one count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, a felony. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that there was not particularized suspicion to stop or seize the driver that could support or properly lead to the subsequent investigation of Defendant. Remanded.