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Rulings involving car searches go in different ways

Thursday, September 01, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Kim Arnott

A pair of decisions from Ontario’s Court of Appeal offer clarification on the authority of police to conduct inventory searches of “apparently abandoned” vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

Heard together, the two appeals consider the Charter implications of warrantless searches of vehicles in cases where a suspect flees a vehicle after being approached by police.

Both Norman Dunkley and Winston Ellis were convicted of firearms offences after police inventory searches turned up weapons in their cars.

But the two cases had different results. The...