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State v. Chapman

Superior Court of Maine, Cumberland

March 12, 2014

STATE OF MAINE
v.
IAN C. CHAPMAN Defendant

ORDER ON MOTION TO SUPPRESS

John H. O'Neil Jr. Justice

The Court has carefully considered the Defendant's Motion to Suppress.

The Court concludes that Sgt. Gardner presented credibly. Based upon the speed of Mr. Chapman's vehicle and the length of pursuit, it was objectively reasonable to execute the type of safety stop described in Donatelli.[1]

It is also important to note that once the reason for the safety stop had been investigated and it was clear Mr. Chapman was not an imminent threat, the level of intrusion de-escalated to that associated with an ordinary traffic stop. It was at this point that any interrogation related to the offense for which Mr. Chapman was ultimately charged occurred. Given this was at a stage consistent with an ordinary traffic stop and Mr. Gardner was told he was not under arrest, the Court concludes he was not in custody for Miranda purposes.[2]

Accordingly, the Motion to Suppress is denied.


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