2011-04-14 / Local & State

Pa. Judge: Dirty Windshield Enough Reason For Stop

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania judge says a dirty windshield was a good enough reason to initiate a traffic stop that eventually led to drug charges against two people.

Blair County Judge Tim Sullivan said Thursday a state trooper acted lawfully in pulling over James Rupp last February. Sullivan said the truck’s grimy windshield was obscuring Rupp’s view of the roadway so the traffic stop was legal.

The Altoona Mirror reports Trooper Steven Lucia found Rupp and a passenger acting suspiciously, prompting them to be taken into custody. Subsequent searches turned up heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Rupp is due in court again May 9.

Return to top