Wisconsin Supreme Court: Police can pursue drivers into their garages

Wisconsin Supreme Court

Wisconsin Supreme Court

MADISON — The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a sheriff’s deputy was within his rights when he chased a driver into his garage without a warrant over a broken tail light.

According to the 4-3 decision, Richard Weber fled from Wood County Sheriff’s Deputy Calvin Dorshorst after Dorshorst tried to stop him in 2012. Dorhorst pursued Weber into his garage and arrested him.

The court ruled Dorshorst’s actions were reasonable. He was in hot pursuit, had probable cause to believe a crime had been committed and performed a limited entry into the garage to prevent escape.

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley wrote in a dissenting opinion the decision erodes constitutional rights to be free of searches and seizures. The majority opinion, however, said prosecutors may not be able to show probable cause in every instance.

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