Ruling says blocking in car wasn't illegal seizure

TUCSON, AZ - An Arizona court ruling says a police officer merely parking behind a parked vehicle and blocking it in doesn't constitute an illegal detention in violation of the Constitution's Fourth Amendment.

The Court of Appeals' ruling upholds a man's convictions for auto theft and criminal trespass.

The man was arrested after a Marana police officer responding to a call about suspicious conduct parked his vehicle behind the parked car and then smelled marijuana as he approached the parked car.

At issue was whether the officer made an illegal detention just by blocking in the parked car.

The ruling by a Court of Appeals panel in Tucson said the officer didn't because he didn't turn on his emergency lights or otherwise signal that the man was detained before the officer smelled marijuana.

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