Honestly, there were no cars on the street. I ran a red light and pulled into a drive through tobacco store, as I'm ordering the police pull in behind me at the drive through with no lights on whatsoever, the officer gets out of his vehicle comes to the window says a few words (mentioning the red light) and goes back to his car and cuts the lights on. They then proceed to search my vehicle incriminating me of poss charges. Is this legal being that he didn't pursue me in the act of running the red light? Or even cut the lights on in the street?
Pursuit not required.
Sounds like the officer kept it all low key.
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Yeah, they can. There is no requirement that they stop you on a public road. You can even be charged with committing a traffic violation on private property (ie DWI, careless driving). Depending on the facts you may have a defense to the vehicle search, though, so I recommend consulting with an attorney.
I think you might have a suppression issue here. Please consult someone before you plea. The officer could argue he was doing a welfare check. I would want to pull the video and looks for issues under the Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure, specifically rules 2.2 and 3.1.
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