A Detroit-area drunken driving case has been revived by the Michigan appeals court, even though the officer stopped the driver after misreading the license plate.
Despite the officer's errors, the court says the case against Jamie Wilmot should go forward. In a 2-1 decision, the court says the officer didn't commit reckless conduct.
Wilmot was stopped in Canton Township in 2010 because Officer Craig Wilsher believed a hitch ball was obstructing the license plate. He checked the plate and found it didn't match the vehicle.
But Wilsher then realized he punched in the wrong plate number. Nonetheless, he continued with the traffic stop and found that Wilmot had been drinking.
In dissent, Judge Elizabeth Gleicher says the appeals court now has given police in Michigan more authority to search cars.
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