State v. Rouson
A traffic stop and subsequent search did not violate defendant’s rights under the Fourth Amendment. The trial court found that the vehicle held five men, and the backseat passengers (including defendant) failed to follow the officers’ instructions to keep their hands on the back of the front seat where the officers could see them. When defendant got out of the vehicle as requested, an officer told him he would be patted down for weapons, and defendant admitted he had a gun. The officer removed a pistol from defendant’s waistband, conducted a search incident to arrest, and found cocaine in defendant’s pocket.
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