from Lima Municipal Court Trial Court No. 19TRC01507
C. Huffman for Appellant
R. Bradley for Appellee
Defendant-appellant, Corey R. Sidey ("Sidey"),
appeals the April 10, 2019 judgment entry of the Lima
Municipal Court denying his motion to suppress evidence. For
the reasons that follow, we affirm.
This case stems from a February 19, 2019 traffic stop of the
vehicle operated by Sidey after Sergeant Alec Cooper
("Sgt. Cooper") of the Delphos Police Department
received radio contact from another officer that Sidey's
vehicle had no front license plate. As a result of the
traffic stop, Sidey was cited for operating a vehicle under
the influence of alcohol or drugs-OVI ("OVI") in
violation of R.C. 4511.19(A)(1)(a), (d) a first-degree
misdemeanor and for display of license plates, registrations,
marks, placards, and stickers in violation of R.C.
4503.21(A)(1), a minor misdemeanor. (Doc. No. 1).
On February 20, 2019, Sidey appeared for arraignment and
entered pleas of not guilty. (Doc. No. 4).
On March 26, 2019, Sidey filed a motion to suppress evidence
arguing that Sgt. Cooper did not have a reasonable,
articulable suspicion to stop Sidey based on the observations
of another officer and that his testimony alone was
insufficient to establish reasonable articulable
suspicion. (Doc. No. 12). After a hearing on April
10, 2019, the trial court denied Sidey's motion to
suppress evidence. (Doc. No. 14).
On April 29, 2019, Sidey withdrew his pleas of not guilty and
entered a no-contest plea, under a negotiated-plea agreement,
to OVI in violation of R.C. 4511.19(A)(1)(d). (Doc. No. 18).
In exchange for his change of plea, the State agreed to
dismiss the other charges. (Doc. No. 17, 18, 19). The trial
court accepted Sidey's no-contest plea, found him guilty,
and dismissed the other charges. (Doc. Nos. 17, 18, 19).
Sidey filed his notice of appeal on May 29, 2019. (Doc. No.
20). He raises one assignment of error for our review.
Trial Court Erred When It Overruled Defendant's Motion To
Suppress By Determining That Based Upon The Evidence Adduced
At The Hearing, There Was Reasonable Suspicion To Stop
Defendant And That The Testimony Of The Officer Initiating
The Stop, Alone, Was Sufficient To Establish Reasonable
Suspicion For The Stop.
In his sole assignment of error, Sidey argues that the trial
court erred by denying his motion to suppress evidence. In
particular, he argues that the trial court erred by
concluding that Sgt. Cooper had reasonable, articulable
suspicion to believe that Sidey had committed a display of
license plates, registrations, marks, placards, and stickers
vehicle violation. We disagree.