Court: Okay to pull over DUI dad

December 22, 2008 12:39:33 PM PST
New Jersey's Supreme Court has upheld a DWI traffic stop that stemmed from a telephone call made by the suspect's 17-year-old daughter. The incident occurred three years ago in Clifton. Police received a call from the teen reporting a domestic disturbance involving her father, Paul Amelio.

The girl called back to say her father was drunk and leaving the house in his car. She provided the license plate number, and police pulled Amelio over near the house.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a Breathalyzer test.

A state appeals court sided with Amelio's challenge to the legality of the stop. But Monday's Supreme Court ruling held that there was reasonable suspicion to warrant the stop.

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