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Search & Seizure – Parked Car – ‘Community Caretaker’ Doctrine

Even if an officer “seized” defendant by tapping on the window of his parked car at 4:30 a.m., there was no basis to suspect criminal activity or a need for police assistance, and a Roanoke County Circuit Court suppresses methamphetamine found with the driver.
Commonwealth v. Peterson (Roanoke County Cir.Ct.) (VLW 008-8-208) (4 pp.)