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Can an officer continue pursuit on private property?
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Can an officer continue pursuit on private property?

Ok a cop throws his lights behind u, but u are almost home. So u gun it, pull into your driveway and run inside. What can the officer do? Does he then need a warrant? An officers opinion would be great or someone in the field.


2009-05-28 14:58:39 +0000
When in doubt, and you refuse to use common sense....Assume that your wishful thinking is wrong.

Of course an officer can follow you onto private property.
There is no home base, otherwise every idiot who does something stupid could just drive home and get away with it.

The key to your warrant question is Hot Pursuit (as people have already mentioned)
If you temporarily get away and he shows up at your house later, the officer would need a warrant (in most cases) to enter the house and drag you out.
It would not be hard to get this warrant.

Also, "you" has three letters.

2009-05-28 14:45:35 +0000
Yes. It's called being in "hot pursuit". Not only can they follow you onto your property, but now they can now arrest you for evading and resisting.

2009-05-28 15:08:13 +0000
If the officer never lost sight of you, and you pull into your drive way and run inside. He/she is covered by the " HOT PURSUIT " law to come in after you. If you lock the door and they half to kick it in. The property damage is on you !

2009-05-28 15:27:28 +0000
Yes, he can continue his pursuit, there's no free zone once the pursuit has started.

2009-05-28 14:56:19 +0000
You weren't not on private property when you committed the offense so yes the officer can follow you onto private property. If you gunned it in a vehicle in most states the situation just turned into a felony so you're really screwed. If the officer still has eyes on you and you run in the house no he does not need a warrant in MS if he is in pursuit..

2009-05-28 14:45:57 +0000
Depends on the nature of the crime. Hot pursuit will justify entry into a home but not for a "petty" crime. If it is a minor crime then the cop can ask for consent to enter, or there might be some other exception that would justify the entry. If not, then the cop can call a judge to get a warrant for an arrest and that warrant authorizes the cop to break down the door. Not every city or state has warrants available by phone, but many do. Otherwise, the cop can just wait until you come out and then add fleeing and eluding, disregard of an emergency signal and a few others.

2009-05-28 14:45:50 +0000
Yes... if it is an active pursuit, he can follow you.

To "follow up" on a suspicion, he'd need a warrant, but what you are describing is not that case.

2009-05-28 14:52:24 +0000
He will chase you, kick your door in, and arrest you. No warrant is needed. The Supreme Court has ruled on this and determined that you can not flee into your home and escape.

Common Sense.

2009-05-28 14:57:35 +0000
Yes he can. No he doesn't need a warrant.

2009-05-28 14:49:49 +0000
No he doesn't need a warrant. Running is an arrestable offense so the only way they'd need a warrant is if they randomly decided to come search your house and there was no proof you had done anything wrong.
What a weird question, like the other one you asked.

You will not get away from them, so stop trying to figure out ways to do so.

They can even go onto your private property to persue someone else. How is it possible you don't get that ?

2009-05-28 17:41:37 +0000
Once you 'gunned it' you committed a felony in most states.

Yes, he has the right to pursue you, even into your house in fresh pursuit.

In fact, some jurisdictions would allow him to kick down the door to make entry if you flee into a residence.

Not a smart thing to do over a minor traffic violation.

2009-05-28 14:44:24 +0000
1. You're an idiot if you do
2. Yes they can go onto private property to pursuit you
3. No they don't need a warrant to enter the house.

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