A driver’s failure to produce a rental agreement is not grounds for a search of the vehicle, a New York county court judge has ruled in suppressing three ounces of cocaine found in a duffel bag in the trunk of a car stopped for speeding.

Judge William A. Kelly, in People v. Jean Phillipe Baron, 99-446, filed in County Court, Rockland County, N.Y., rejected the arresting officer’s explanation that it was the policy of New York State troopers to impound and conduct an inventory search of any rented vehicle where the driver was unable to produce a rental agreement.

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