SCOTUS to hear midstate rental car search case

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 28, 2017 11:22 AM

(Washington, D.C.) -- The Supreme Court has agreed to take a midstate case about the rights of someone driving a rental car not in his or her name.

It involves a New Jersey man who drove a car rented by his girlfriend.

The car's rental agreement authorized Terrence Byrd's girlfriend to drive the car, but his girlfriend gave him permission.

He was pulled over by state police on Interstate 81 in West Hanover Township, Dauphin County in September 2014.

Byrd says troopers told him that because his name wasn't on the rental agreement they could search the car without his permission. Inside, they found heroin and a bulletproof vest.

He argues the search was improper.

An appeals court found he didn't have any expectation of privacy because he wasn't named on the rental agreement.

The Supreme Court will review that ruling.

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