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Criminal Law: Drug Possession-Unlawful Detention

Where a defendant appealed his conviction for possession of a controlled substance, the officers’ show of authority, including emergency lights, would have made a reasonable person feel as though they were not free to leave, so the initial stop was an illegal detention because the stop was not supported by specific, articulable facts, and the judgment is reversed and remanded because the trial court erred by admitting evidence from the stop as fruit of the poisonous tree.

Judgment is reversed and remanded.

State v. Johnson (MLW No. 74485/Case No. WD82131 – 11 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, Gabbert, J.) Appealed from circuit court, Boone County, Asel, J. (Gregory L. Barnes, Jefferson City, for respondent) (James C. Egan, Columbia, for appellant).