No. 90-30287.

936 F.2d 1082 (1991)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. James Frederick JOHNSON, Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Decided June 27, 1991.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Hugh M. Spall, Ellensburg, Wash., for defendant-appellant.

Robert S. Linnell, Asst. U.S. Atty., Yakima, Wash., for plaintiff-appellee.

Before WRIGHT and O'SCANNLAIN, Circuit Judges, and MacBRIDE, District Judge.


We consider whether the district court erred in denying Johnson's motion to suppress evidence seized from the locked trunk of his car during an inventory search. We reverse.


While Johnson was driving his car in Ellensburg, Washington, he was stopped for traffic infractions. He assaulted a police officer and fled the scene on foot, leaving his car parked in front of a motel. He was arrested later and taken into custody. At the...

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