An appellate court took a recent California Supreme Court decision a step further on Monday, giving police broader authority for warrantless cellphone searches. Police properly searched a DUI arrestee’s cellphone, finding pictures, texts and emails that led to the 2009 seizure of a large cache of weapons in Santa Clara County, the Sixth District Court of Appeal ruled.

The three-judge panel overturned a magistrate’s decision to suppress the evidence from the cellphone search in People v. Nottoli, H035902.

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