My question involves traffic court in the State of: Wisconsin
I recently purchased a car in Baltimore MD, and was driving it home to Fargo ND. Half way through the trip, I stayed in Chicago for a couple days with some friends. I had the title, previous owners insurance card, MD license plate on the rear, and cashiers check receipt for payment.
I was pulled over for speeding, 80 in a 65 (mph) or something close to it. The officer immediately started asking questions after seeing my ND id, and the car being from MD. I told him I flew out to Baltimore to get it, he had asked where my 'stuff' was. I told him in the trunk. I informed him that I had just purchased it and was driving it home. He then said I would need to post bail for the ticket which was $200.05... so I handed him a Visa card. I then grabbed my phone to respond to a text (thinking he was going to run the card back in his car) and he kind of sat at my passenger window and stared at me, and then asked if I was upset. I told him I'm obviously not happy I just received a $200 ticket... and he returned to his vehicle.
He then came back with a Canine and said I'm going to run this dog around your car, roll up your windows and keep your hands on the wheel. The dog walked around the car and did nothing. He then opened up the passenger door, and was leading the dog with his hand kind of snapping his fingers (not sure what exactly he was doing). The dog let out a small bark and he then called for 2 backups for a positive canine, and was going to search the vehicle.
He stated I was not under arrest but going to be placed in handcuffs. He did not read me my rights. I was wearing basketball shorts, loafers and a t-shirt and had absolutely nothing on me. This was on the side of the interstate in the middle of nowhere. Another officer stood next to me the entire time, while 2 other officers searched the car. I advised him nothing was in it. They brought out a tool set, and started taking apart multiple pieces of the interior.
He searched the car for about an hour, comes back and asked me a bunch of leading questions. Questions like, do you do drugs? Do your friends do drugs? What about the ones in Chicago? What do you know about the previous owner? Does he do drugs? And made statements like, I know drugs have been in this car. I just told him no no no and shook my head. The car was on air ride suspension so it had an air tank in the trunk to operate it. He asked what it was and I responded an air tank. His response was "no shit." I then told him what it was for after he would not rephrase the question in a more professional manner.
I asked if I was under arrest or what the problem was, because there was clearly no drugs or weapons in the vehicle. They then went back to the car, taking more things apart and kept searching for about another half hour. They let the canine inside of the vehicle walking on the front seats, as well as the rear. When all was done, they left multiple pieces of interior ripped apart. There was dirt under the carpet in the trunk, and spare parts with grease on them. He had thrown my clothes and a hat all over, getting grease on them and ruining them.
There was clearly 0 respect toward me and he was trying as hard as he could to get some dirt on me to arrest me. He damaged my property and wasted about 2 hours of my day sitting in handcuffs when I was clearly not a threat, and drilled me with leading questions. I'm not sure if any parts of the search were illegal, I'm not familiar with the law and this has never happened to me before. I do not believe there was any reasonable cause to search the vehicle. Can a person not purchase a car these days? It's really not that radical of an idea.
Nothing was found in the car. He was very short with words at the end, clearly upset he couldn't arrest me. Gave me the ticket and simply said "you're free to go."
I am wondering if there was anything illegal done during this search. I am going to request a video from the car and bring it to my lawyer. My property has been damaged and I feel violated / harassed.