FILED: December 10, 2008

IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF OREGON

STATE OF OREGON,

Plaintiff-Respondent,

v.

AARON SHAWN DELANEY,

Defendant-Appellant.

Tillamook County Circuit Court
061251
A135316

Rick W. Roll, Judge.

Submitted on November 07, 2008.

Peter Gartlan, Chief Defender, and Rebecca A. Duncan, Chief Deputy Public Defender, Legal Services Division, Office of Public Defense Services, filed the brief for appellant.

Hardy Myers, Attorney General, Mary H. Williams, Solicitor General, and Anna M. Joyce, Assistant Attorney General, filed the brief for respondent.

Before Haselton, Presiding Judge, and Armstrong, Judge, and Rosenblum, Judge.

PER CURIAM

Reversed and remanded.

PER CURIAM

Defendant was convicted of possession of a controlled substance, ORS 475.894, and appeals, arguing that the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress evidence found when his jacket was searched.  The state concedes that the trial court erred in denying defendant's motion to suppress.  As explained below, we conclude that the state's concession is well taken.  Accordingly, we reverse and remand.

Defendant was the driver of a vehicle that was lawfully stopped for several traffic infractions.  The officer who made the stop determined that the vehicle needed to be impounded.  While inventorying the contents of the vehicle, the officer found defendant's jacket, searched it, and located drug-related materials in a pocket.

The parties agree that the search of the jacket was not authorized by any inventory policy, and that the circumstances presented no "officer safety" concern that justified searching the jacket.  Under the circumstances of this case, we agree that the search of defendant's jacket violated Article I, section 9, of the Oregon Constitution.

Reversed and remanded.


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