Stopped by Cop in Alabama I-65

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  1. PE_T

    PE_T Road Train Member

    A few days ago I got stopped for the first time in my 5.5 years of driving in Alabama I-65, some 30 miles from Mobile. I asked him why he stopped me, and he said because I was tailgating and touched the yellow line, but he was bs’ing me.

    Has anyone been stopped in this area for no #### reason, but to get searched? They have border patrols in the area, and at the time an unusual number of officers. They must have seen my recent USDOT number with Texas plates (among other things), and perhaps a border patrol signaled the officer to pull me over to see if I was transporting illegal immigrants.
     
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  3. smokey12

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    Did he search your truck? I hardly ever see border patrol in that area. He probably used failure to maintain a single lane to pull you over for perhaps something more. ( Even though probable cause is not needed for cmv's)Were you drifting in and out of the lane?
     
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    Probable cause is NOT needed if the officer is a certified inspector AND the reason for the stop is to conduct safety inspections.

    Probable cause IS needed if the officer is not a certified inspector or if the stop is simply fishing to find drugs, etc.

    Some inspectors have used their status as an inspector to stop vehicles for drug interdiction without probable cause and the courts have ruled against them.
     
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  5. PE_T

    PE_T Road Train Member

    He did not do a thorough search of my truck. After asking me for my ID, he asked if I could open my cab curtains so he could make sure nobody was inside with a gun (!?).

    Before he stopped me, he was on the right lane driving some 60 mph. At first I stayed behind him hoping he would speed up. After a few seconds I proceeded to pass him. One minute later I see him driving really fast to only stop just when I was about to pass another vehicle. So, I stayed in the right lane hoping again he would just continue driving (on the left lane). After some 30 seconds of him not passing me on the left lane, I signaled to move on the left lane to pass the vehicle I was planning to pass. Soon after getting on the right lane, he pulls me over.
     
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    Your right, I should have worded that better. Was the officer that stopped him DOT or a local officer or deputy? Most of them are not very familiar ith DOT certifications/ regulations etc.
     
  7. smokey12

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    Was he DOT/Trooper or a local officer or deputy?
     
  8. JonJon78

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    If I was in the officers shoes I certainly would have asked for the curtains to be opened also. Would be pretty unsafe talking to someone not knowing what's behind them ya know?
     
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    Anybody with legal knowledge who can corroborate this? I've heard tales that the sleeper can be treated as unsearchable without a warrant.
     
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    Even though I am a local cop I am a DOT inspector. I have never once asked for the curtain to be opened nor have I even entered a bunk. In my opinion that is your house. I have never gone further then the step and even then I ask permission to step up everytime...even if the driver already gave me permission once. If I step down I ask permission to step up again before doing so.
     
  11. PE_T

    PE_T Road Train Member

    I am not really sure. He was driving a black suburban vehicle. My guess is he had a higher ranking considering the vehicle he was driving.
     
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