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State v. Hall

Court of Appeals of Iowa

July 19, 2017

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
MARCUS ANTINO HALL, Defendant-Appellant.

         Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Paul D. Scott, Judge.

         A defendant appeals his convictions for eluding and operating while intoxicated. AFFIRMED.

          Heidi M. Young of Parrish Kruidenier Dunn Boles Gentry Brown & Bergmann, L.L.P., Des Moines, for appellant.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Martha E. Trout, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.

          Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Bower and McDonald, JJ.

          BOWER, Judge.

         Marcus Hall appeals his convictions for one count of eluding, in violation of Iowa Code section 321.279(3) (2015), and one count of operating while intoxicated, in violation of Iowa Code section 321J.2(2)(a). Hall claims the district court erred in denying his motion to suppress and in denying his motion for judgment of acquittal. Specifically, Hall argues law enforcement did not have a valid reason to stop his vehicle and there was insufficient evidence to support his convictions. We find there was probable cause to stop Hall's vehicle and sufficient evidence to support his convictions. We affirm.

         I. Background Facts and Proceedings

         On September 18, 2015, a law enforcement officer in Des Moines noticed a gold sedan, driven by Hall, had a malfunctioning brake light. The officer activated his emergency lights and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Hall did not stop. The officer continued to pursue Hall's vehicle and was joined by a trooper from the Iowa State Patrol. During the pursuit, the officer observed Hall commit several other traffic violations, including failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, eluding, speeding, and reckless driving. Eventually, Hall stopped at a parking lot of the apartment complex where he lived, and the officers took him into custody.

         On October 13, the State charged Hall with one count of eluding, one count of operating while intoxicated, and one count of driving while barred, in violation of Iowa Code section 321.561.[1] Hall filed a motion to suppress, claiming the officer lacked either probable cause or reasonable suspicion to stop his vehicle. Specifically, Hall stated the brake light the officer claimed was malfunctioning was functioning properly on the night of the pursuit. On January 21, 2016, the district court denied Hall's motion to suppress. Following trial, the jury found Hall guilty on both counts. Following the verdict, Hall renewed his prior motion for judgment of acquittal, asserting there was insufficient evidence to support the jury's verdicts. The court denied the motion. Hall appeals.

         II. Standard of Review

         Our review of motions to suppress based on federal and state constitutional grounds is de novo. State v. Lane, 726 N.W.2d 371, 377 (Iowa 2007). "This review requires 'an independent evaluation of the totality of the circumstances as shown by the entire record.'" Id. (quoting State v. Turner, 630 N.W.2d 601, 606 (Iowa 2001)). Because the district court had the opportunity to assess the credibility of witnesses, we give deference to its factual findings, but we are not bound by them. Id.

         We review claims of insufficient evidence for errors at law. State v. Sanford, 814 N.W.2d 611, 614-15 (Iowa 2012). "In reviewing challenges to the sufficiency of evidence supporting a guilty verdict, courts consider all of the record evidence viewed 'in the light most favorable to the State, including all reasonable inferences that may be fairly drawn from the evidence.'" Id. at 615 (quoting State v. Keopasaeuth, 645 N.W.2d 637, 640 (Iowa 2002)).

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