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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Abilene police stopped Teaundra Lasha Oages for a traffic violation. Oages told the officer that there was an outstanding warrant for her arrest related to a bad-check charge, but that she had paid the checks. Confirming the existence of the warrant, the officer arrested Oages and placed her in the patrol car. The officer then searched Oages’ car and found a small bag of marijuana in the center console. Oages filed a motion to suppress, in which she admitted that the search of her car was legal under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but that it was illegal under the similar provision in the Texas Constitution. The trial court granted Oages’ motion. HOLDING:Reversed and remanded. The court relies on New York v. Belton, 453 U.S. 454 (1981), which held that, when a police officer has made a lawful custodial arrest of a car’s occupant, he may search the passenger compartment of the car. Then, in Williams v. State, 726 S.W.2d 99 (Tex.Crim.App. 1986), the court relied on Belton in rejecting a defendant’s claim that the search of his vehicle violated the Texas Constitution. The Williams court found the search was valid as a incident to arrest. The court says it is convinced that, where there is a search incident to the arrest of an occupant of a vehicle, Texas follows the bright-line rule of Belton. The search incident to arrest here was not subject to more stringent restrictions under the Texas Constitution than under the Fourth Amendment. OPINION:McCall, J.; Arnot, C.J., Wright and McCall, JJ.

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