Sports fans who follow Major League Baseball may remember former player Derek Bell from his time with several prominent teams. It may come as a surprise to learn that Bell was recently arrested in Brooksville following a traffic stop.
The arrest began when police noticed that Bell was operating a motor scooter without a Florida license plate and without wearing protective eyewear.
The police stopped Bell, who told them he did not have a license to drive the scooter because it was suspended several years ago.
The police attempted to handcuff bell, who in turn tried to walk away from the officer.
The officer noticed Bell had a clear, plastic baggy in his hand. Bell was eventually handcuffed, and the officers were able to take the baggie. The police examined the contents of the baggie and claimed it contained cocaine.
Bell was arrested and charged with cocaine possession.
What to do at a traffic stop
Bell’s arrest highlights several things you do not want to do at a traffic stop.
First, you do not want to incriminate yourself. You have the right to stay silent. If you volunteer information, it could be used against you.
Second, avoid making unexpected movements or showing any attempt to flee. Also, keep your hands out of your pockets and where the police can see them. Police could feel threatened and act rashly.
While you have a right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, suspicious activity could also lead to a pat down for weapons. This does not violate your Constitutional rights. If evidence of a suspected crime is found in the pat down, it can be used against you.
In the end, your rights matter. Do not give up your rights at a traffic stop. Know what you can do to protect yourself.