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Iowa Court uphold license check rulings


DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld two lower court rulings saying police can stop and search motorists if a license plate check indicates a vehicle owner has a suspended license.

The court issued the ruling Friday, upholding decisions from Black Hawk and Muscatine counties.

In the Black Hawk County case, the court upheld a conviction of Robert Joseph Vance for having chemicals used to manufacture meth.

Police stopped Vance after a license plate check showed the owner of the car had a suspended license.

Vance wasn't the owner but was still arrested.

The court rejected his claim that police must confirm a driver's identity.

Vance's lawyer says the ruling had limited significance because the circumstances are rare.

Muscatine County's case was similar and resulted in the conviction of a person on drunken driving charges.

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