My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Pennsylvania
A police officer followed me home from a gas station the other night. He followed me through an intersection, at the bottom of which is an alley; I turned right down the alley and proceeded to pull into my drive way. The officer did not follow me down the alley.
Thinking all was well, I went into my house; looked around the kitchen for some food. After a few minutes of searching I noticed a flashlight shining in the window of my car. It was around 10:20-10:30 and I was home alone, so I was a bit frightened.
I went back outside, and yelled "hello!". To which someone replied "is this your vehicle?" I asked why? And the person in my driveway, now shining the flashlight into my eyes, asked me again; so i said yes. He then asked me if I had just been driving it, i aksed why; he asked me again so I said yes.
At this point he lowered the flashlight and I could see it was a police officer. He asked me about an "open container" in my car, which I showed him was an empty flip-top bottle. He said that it was pretty cool. Then he told me my registration was expired and asked me for my info, license, insurance etc. He wrote me a ticket.
On the ticket it states that the infraction took place at Broadway and Turbot Ave. Those streets are in front of my house.
My question is, why didn't he pull me over? He followed me for about a mile and a half, and did not follow me into the alley behind my house or my driveway. He did have probable cause to pull me over, but did he have probable cause to come on my property and write a citation several minutes after I was inside my house?
Yes, the police can come on your property. I know that. Can they write tickets for parked vehicles on your property?