People may assume police can only stop a vehicle when it is driving on the road in a way they deem suspicious or erratic or that they need a warrant to search any vehicle at any time. However, if the police see a vehicle in a parking lot and believe there is reason to stop the car, they can and often do. A police stop in a New Jersey led to a man facing drug charges after police believed there was reason to search the car.
The incident began in a Quick Chek parking lot. There was a report that alerted police to erratic driving at night. The 38-year-old driver was given field sobriety tests, and authorities say he failed those tests. Police then searched the vehicle and say there were eight bags with residual heroin and two bags of heroin. Reportedly, there was also a syringe.