State v. Krier, 91-0385-CR

CourtCourt of Appeals of Wisconsin
Citation165 Wis.2d 673,478 N.W.2d 63
Docket NumberNo. 91-0385-CR,91-0385-CR
PartiesSTATE of Wisconsin, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. Peter J. KRIER, Defendant-Appellant. d
Decision Date27 November 1991

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478 N.W.2d 63
165 Wis.2d 673
STATE of Wisconsin, Plaintiff-Respondent,
Peter J. KRIER, Defendant-Appellant. d
No. 91-0385-CR.
Court of Appeals of Wisconsin.
Submitted on Briefs Oct. 22, 1991.
Opinion Released Nov. 27, 1991.
Opinion Filed Nov. 27, 1991.

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[165 Wis.2d 674] James A. Walrath of Shellow, Shellow & Glynn, S.C., Milwaukee, for defendant-appellant.

Christopher W. Stock, Asst. Dist. Atty., Ozaukee County, for plaintiff-respondent.

[165 Wis.2d 675] Before NETTESHEIM, P.J., and BROWN and ANDERSON, JJ.

BROWN, Judge.

Peter J. Krier appeals his conviction for a fifth offense operating a vehicle after revocation. There are two issues: first, there was an anonymous tip given to police that Krier was driving at a certain time and place without a license. Krier argues that this was insufficient information justifying an investigative stop. Second, Krier notes that sec. 968.24, Stats., gives police a stop and detain power to briefly investigate crimes. Krier argues that this cannot include a traffic-related violation, the first offense of which is a forfeiture. We conclude that a corroborated anonymous tip about an activity which could be either a forfeiture or a crime is sufficient to provide reasonable suspicion that a crime is being committed. We affirm.

On May 29, 1990, the Saukville police received a telephone call from a female who refused to identify herself. She stated that "Peter Krier" was standing in the front yard saying goodbye to his girlfriend and that he was getting into his blue station wagon. The caller alleged that Krier did not possess a valid driver's license. After the dispatcher obtained the address from the caller, an officer was dispatched to investigate. When he arrived, he observed only a small blue station wagon in the driveway of the address identified by the caller. The officer then left the area. Minutes later, the same person called again and remained anonymous. This time the caller stated that Peter Krier had left and was driving northbound on Colonial Parkway. The officer was dispatched again. When he sighted the same blue station wagon being driven a block from where he had observed it in the driveway, he directed the car to pull over. The driver identified himself as Peter Krier. The officer's check of Krier's driver's license revealed that the license [165 Wis.2d 676] was revoked and Krier had been sentenced four times in the previous five years for operating after revocation. Krier was then arrested. He brought a motion to suppress the evidence resulting from the arrest, including physical evidence and

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statements. The court denied the motion. He was convicted and he appeals.

In reviewing an order regarding suppression of evidence, we will uphold the trial court's findings unless they are against the great weight and clear preponderance of the evidence. See State v. Richardson, 156 Wis.2d 128, 137, 456 N.W.2d 830, 833 (1990). However, whether a stop meets statutory and constitutional standards is a question of law subject to de novo review. Id. at 137-38, 456 N.W.2d at 833.


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