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On The Lookout: Searching Suspicious Vehicles

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WICOMICO CO., Md. - Traffic stops, it's important to know when it's legal for an officer to turn on the lights, initiate a stop and search your vehicle.

According to WBI, you can be pulled over for the obvious stuff if police believe you've done something wrong, like running a red light or a stop sign or speeding.

But what many people might not know, they can stop you even if there's reason to believe you are driving a suspicious vehicle. As for searching your vehicle that can only be done if the driver consents or if investigators have a search warrant.

WBI tells 47 ABC most of their traffic stops are to find wanted burglary suspects who match a known description.

"If we get, you know, a purple van with gold strips down it, as a suspect vehicle and we're out looking for purple vans with gold strips, we're going to stop purple vans with gold strips," said Sgt. David Owens.

As for searching the glove box of the vehicle, the Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that police may search in two circumstances, if the arrestee is within reaching distance of the passenger compartment at the time of the search or if there's reason to believe that the vehicle contains evidence to arrest that person.

To read more on the case, click here.

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