Cops not required to document basis for traffic stops, Indiana Supreme Court rules

A police officer who pulls a motorist over for speeding is not necessarily required to document the factors that provided reasonable suspicion to initiate the traffic stop, the Indiana Supreme Court has ruled.

In a 5-0 decision, the state’s high court concluded that Hebron Reserve Officer Sean Dolan satisfied the reasonable suspicion standard prior to stopping Zachariah Marshall, of West Lafayette, for allegedly speeding, even though court records show Dolan did not write down Marshall’s speed and later could not recall the speed limit on the road where he stopped Marshall.

Marshall ultimately was arrested in the early morning hours of Oct. 29, 2016, for misdemeanor operating while intoxicated. He was not ticketed for speeding.