Mississippi Supreme Court to Hear DUI Anonymous Tip Conviction

By Jack Elliott Jr. | July 2, 2014

A man convicted of misdemeanor drunk driving is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court if law enforcement, acting on a tip, can lawfully pulled him over.

Carl Richard Cook argues an anonymous tip was the only reason he was stopped by law enforcement officers as he drove across the Ross Barnett Reservoir on March 12, 2011.

His conviction was upheld in Rankin County Circuit Court in 2012 and by the Court of Appeals in 2013.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear his appeal earlier this month.

The Appeals Court said the tipster told officers to look for a Silver Avalanche driving erratically. The court said the tip was corroborated when the exact vehicle was spotted where it was stated it would be.

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  • July 2, 2014 at 11:32 pm
    Philip Michael says:
    If upheld by the Miss Supremes, the case will have interesting implications. Means that MADD mothers around the country will create "stakeouts" at every bar and grill and jus ... read more
  • July 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm
    reality bites says:
    Wow. I would have thought an Avalanche would be too heavy to drive across a reservoir.
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