MADISON (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that police knocking on the window of a car does not by itself violate a person’s constitutional right against unreasonable seizures.
A divided court on Friday reversed a lower court’s ruling that overturned a drunken driving conviction of a man who was arrested after he rolled down his car window at the request of police.
Daniel Vogt had pulled his vehicle into a Cassville public boat landing at 1 a.m. on Christmas Day in 2011. The officer who saw the car testified that because of the time of year and time of night, he considered it suspicious and approached.
An appeals court had tossed the conviction, saying the police action was an illegal seizure.
The Supreme Court disagreed in its 4-2 opinion.