Can a Suspect Prevent an Inventory Search by Locking a Car?

Occasionally, a person who thinks he is being clever (and is not) does something that a trial court judge recognizes as not so clever, but the person appeals the ruling.  Once the appeal is filed and the appellate court assigns a briefing schedule, the person is most likely guaranteed a published opinion for all to see.  In the following summary, a person with illegal items in his jacket was pulled over.  He jumped out of the car, took off his jacket and tossed it back in the car.  He then tossed in his keys, too, locked the door and closed the door.  Did this prevent the police from searching the car?  Click on the following link to find out.

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