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Court rules police dog exterior search of vehicle OK

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When a police dog sniffs the outside of a vehicle, it is not an illegal search under the Fourth Amendment.

That's what the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The justices upheld the 2005 arrest of Ramon Arias of Colby.

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According to the ruling, a Colby-Abbotsford police officer saw Arias put liquor into a car driven by a girl he knew to be 17.

He stopped the car because he thought it was illegal for underage people to drive with any liquor in a vehicle.

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