Attorneys for Appellant

Edward C. Hilgendorf
South Bend, IndianaAttorneys for Appellee

Jeffrey A. Modisett
Attorney General of Indiana

Rosemary Borek
Deputy Attorney General
Indianapolis, Indiana



IN THE

INDIANA SUPREME COURT


DONALD RAY PECK,
    Appellant (Defendant below),

    v.

STATE OF INDIANA,
    Appellee (Plaintiff below).

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)    Supreme Court No.
)    71S05-9903-CR-162
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)    Court of Appeals No.
)    71A05-9806-CR-283
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APPEAL FROM THE ST. JOSEPH SUPERIOR COURT

The Honorable J. Jerome Frese, Judge

Cause No. 71D02-9712-DF-768



ON PETITION TO TRANSFER




May 5, 1999
SULLIVAN, Justice.

    While defendant Donald Ray Peck was driving his automobile on December 10, 1997, he was stopped by a police officer after turning a corner without signaling. As a result of the stop, the officer learned that defendant's driver's license had been suspended

because he was a habitual traffic offender. A jury subsequently convicted him of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Suspended as a Habitual Traffic Violator.See footnote 1

    Defendant appealed on grounds that the evidence of his habitual traffic violator status obtained in the stop should have been suppressed because the stop itself was illegal. The Court of Appeals read one of the statutes governing vehicle operation, Ind.Code § 9-21-8- 24,See footnote 2 to mean that, under the circumstances of this case, defendant was not required to signal before turning. Peck v. State, 705 N.E.2d 188, 189 (Ind. Ct. App. 1998). This, the court reasoned, rendered the stop illegal. Id. The court then held the evidence obtained in the stop should have been suppressed and reversed the operating while suspended conviction. Id.

    Judge Staton in dissent calls our attention to another statute governing vehicle operation, Ind.Code § 9-21-8-25 (1993) , which provides in relevant part: “A signal of intention to turn right or left shall be given continuously during not less than the last two

hundred (200) feet traveled by a vehicle before turning or changing lanes.”

    Judge Staton's point is well taken. Defendant did not signal before turning and so violated Ind.Code § 9-21-8-25. The stop was justified and the trial court did not err in admitting the evidence obtained in it.

    Having previously granted transfer, thereby vacating the opinion of the Court of Appeals pursuant to Ind. Appellate Rule 11(B)(3), we now affirm the judgment of the trial court.

SHEPARD, C.J., and DICKSON, SELBY, and BOEHM, JJ., concur.


Footnote:     1Ind.Code § 9-30-8-24 (1993).
Footnote:     2Ind.Code § 9-21-8-25 (1993) provides in relevant part:

    A person may not . . . turn a vehicle from a direct course upon a highway . . . unless the movement can be made with reasonable safety. Before making a movement described in this section, a person shall give a clearly audible signal by sounding the horn if any pedestrian may be affected by the movement and give an appropriate stop or turn signal . . . if any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.

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