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Police use Bingo Hunting to arrest driver in New Hampshire

The police in Hooksett, New Hampshire, have a lot of technology available to them, and they used it recently to arrest a motorist who had not even committed any traffic infractions. The driver was simply leaving a fast food establishment. A police officer happened to be following him, and the officer decided to run the man's plates at random.

When he did, the officer saw that the N.H. Department of Safety had suspended the car's registration. The man who was behind the wheel also had a suspended license. After seeing this, the officer pulled the car over, confirmed that it was the same man, and took him into custody for the offense.

The driver, who is 26 years old, did get out of jail after posting a $1,500 bond, but he will have to go back to court just before Christmas, in the 10th of December.

Police refer to this tactic for finding infractions as Bingo Hunting. The police chief from Enfield, who is also in charge of running the N.H. Police Chief's Association, was asked about this tactic, and he did say that it was legal. There are not, according to him, any laws and regulations to keep officers from running plates when drivers are not even overtly breaking laws.

He also said that it could be dangerous to go too far with technology, such as the systems that make Bingo Hunting possible, but he supported that technology on the whole, saying that it was useful.

When facing allegations that may have come about in an unorthodox manner, it is important for people to know exactly what rights they have, helping to form a strong criminal defense strategy.

Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, "'Bingo hunting' police use random license plate checks to make arrest" Oct. 31, 2014

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