In a ruling rendered temporarily moot by the semi-government shutdown, a federal appeals court yesterday said a National Park Service ranger did nothing wrong by arresting a man for drunk driving even though the arrest took place off federal land.
The man, Kevin Ryan, was found guilty of "unsafe operation" but not OUI after a federal judge ruled the ranger lacked the authority to arrest him outside the boundaries of the yard, which is under federal jurisidiction. But the judge also ruled that "the arrest was not an unreasonable seizure within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment."
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, agreed, because the ranger had observed Ryan apparently driving while impaired on the grounds of the Navy Yard - he had driven over the center line on a yard road:
Because Ryan's arrest was supported by probable cause, it did not violate his Fourth Amendment privacy interests, and the district court was not required to exclude the evidence obtained following the arrest.