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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Dec 29, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Thomas V. Testerman, Newport, Tennessee, for appellant, Christian Philip Van Camp.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General & Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Senior Counsel; James Dunn, District Attorney General; and Tonya Thornton, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee

Judge(s): EASTER

Defendant, Christian Philip Van Camp, was indicted for driving under the influence, driving while his blood alcohol was in excess of the legal limit, and failing to maintain his proper lane of traffic. Defendant moved to suppress evidence obtained as a result of the traffic stop, arguing that it was not properly supported by either probable cause or reasonable suspicion. After a hearing, the trial court denied his motion. After a bench trial, Defendant was convicted as charged. On appeal, Defendant argues that the trial court erred in failing to suppress the evidence obtained as a result of the unconstitutional seizure of his vehicle. Upon our review of the record, we conclude that the officer had reasonable suspicion to conduct a brief investigatory stop based on information received from a known citizen informant. Therefore, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.