Crauthers v. State

In Crauthers v. State, 727 P. 2d 9 (Alaska App. 1986), a trooper contacted the defendant after seeing him stop his vehicle thirty feet short of a yield sign and roll down his window. Crauthers said he was trying to attract the attention of his boss, who was driving behind him. But the trooper thought Crauthers wanted directions or other help, so he pulled up behind Crauthers's vehicle and activated his overhead lights. The Court held that this stop was justified because the trooper reasonably interpreted the defendant's conduct as a request for assistance. In Crauthers v. State, the driver of a vehicle stopped some thirty feet in front of a yield sign, and then rolled down his window. A trooper on routine patrol activated his overhead lights and contacted the driver, thinking that the driver's unusual actions indicated a need for directions or some other help. The Court upheld the stop, concluding that the trooper reasonably interpreted the driver's conduct to be a request for assistance.