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Is bumping/nudging a car probable cause enough??

Reading, PA |

I was about to parallel park and i noticed a police car behind me.. I started to parallel park and was parallel to the curb and close to the curb but i was not centered so i kept going forward and backward but in the process i bumped/nudged the car behind me. The officer told me that i hit the car two/three times and I needed to get out of the car before I could finish my parking but when i turned off the car and got out my parking was perfect. They arrested me for DUI but is that probable cause enough for them to check/stop me??

Attorney Answers 4


  1. It would likely be sufficient especially due to his/her observation of three hits. At least your parking skills will save you a parking ticket and potentially it could be pursuasive evidence that you were not impaired.


  2. The answer is MAYBE. In Pennsylvania, that would certainly be enough for the police officer to inquire if everything is alright (No suspicion needed, whatsoever). If, upon contact he/she noted the odor of alcoholic beverage, saw glassy eyes, heard slurred speech, or encountered disorientation, that wold certainly be enough to request that a person perform a field sobriety test. A failure of a field sobriety test would give rise to the administration of a PBT (Preliminary Breath Test). If this were positive, you would be arrested and a certified breath test performed.

    Assuming that the didn't just pull you out of the car and arrest you after the minor bumps and they went through the above procedures, then the arrest was proper. (That does not mean it can't be challenged, legally) Also, if you were over the legal limit, you can still possibly get ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) if this is a first offense. ARD requires a guilty plea, but the matter will get dismissed (Your record will stay conviction free) after a set period of time (6 months or 1 year) You may be able to enter ARD do that without an attorney and save the legal fees for all of the fines you will have to pay.

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