STATE OF TENNESSEE v. MICHAEL CHRIS LUTHI - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Apr 7, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Douglas D. Aaron and C. Brent Keeton, Manchester, Tennessee, for the appellant, Michael Chris Luthi.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Andrew C. Coulman, Assistant Attorney General; Craig Northcott, District Attorney General; and Kenneth J. Shelton, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WEDEMEYER

A Coffee County grand jury indicted the Defendant, Michael Chris Luthi, for DUI, third offense, DUI per se, and violation of the seat belt statute. The Defendant filed a motion to suppress the evidence found as a result of a search of his vehicle, contending that the trooper did not have reasonable suspicion to support the stop. The trial court denied the motion. A Coffee County jury convicted the Defendant of DUI, third offense and of violating the seat belt statute. On appeal, the Defendant contends that the trooper could not have seen that the Defendant was not wearing his seat belt and, thus, lacked reasonable suspicion to stop the Defendant’s vehicle. After review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

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