Allen v. State (1989)

Allen v. State, 781 P.2d 992 (Alaska App. 1989) an anonymous caller reported to the police that someone was selling drugs from a green 1972 Ford Suburban. The caller provided the police with the license plate number of the car. Acting on the report, less than half an hour later, a Fairbanks police officer pulled over the car. As a result of the stop, the driver, Allen, was charged with driving with a suspended operator's license. Allen moved to suppress, arguing that the informant did not provide sufficient details about the alleged drug transactions to allow the police to stop his car. The district court judge denied Allen's motion to suppress. On appeal, the Court concluded that the police did not have reasonable suspicion to stop Allen.