Iowa Supreme Court Throws Out All Evidence In Rock Valley Man’s Drunk Driving Case

Date posted - June 28, 2013

Iowa Supreme Court

Iowa Supreme Court

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court has thrown out evidence used to convict a Rock Valley man of drunk driving.

Leon Kooima had been at a charity golf event in Okoboji and was driving home with five other men when they decided to stop at the Doon Steakhouse.

When Kooima and the other men decided to leave, another customer at the establishment called police. The caller told the dispatcher that the men were “big money Rock Valley merchants” and said he knew they were drunk. Rock Valley police were alerted by the dispatcher and two officers followed Kooima’s vehicle as it came into town. The officers did not spot any violations, but pulled over the Suburban based on the tip from the caller. Kooima tested over the legal limit for alcohol and was charged with second offense O-W-I.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the stop of Kooima was unconstitutional. The court said the person who called police simply said he knew the men in the vehicle were drunk, and even after being asked by the dispatcher, did not say he had actually seen any evidence that Kooima was driving while drunk. There were also no traffic violations witnessed by officers prior to the stop. The ruling said the justices do not condone drunk driving, but have to uphold the U-S Constitution regarding illegal search and seizures. The court ruled all evidence from the traffic stop cannot be used in the case.

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3 Responses to “Iowa Supreme Court Throws Out All Evidence In Rock Valley Man’s Drunk Driving Case”

  1. Steve says:

    So does this mean law enforcement can not react to there text a tip program? If someone states something illegal is happening on private property they now have no right to do anything if they cant see it. He was drunk, end of story.

    • juicey bananas says:

      We are a nation of laws and those laws should be followed to the letter and not bent to interpret some other way of how they think the law should be.This case and other cases have to follow the laws laid out by our lawmakers.It just due process and that is how the system works.I wish our court problems were so simple.

  2. juicey bananas says:

    About time the supreme court followed the letter of the law.Now if only the law pertained to everyone else living and breathing and paying taxes for OUR roads.Stop making our roadways such a money grab.

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