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Cops: Woman Refuses to Give Over Keys to Car

Arrest information provided by the Milford Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

 

A 22-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly operating her vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Milford Police arrested Taylor Copeland, age 22 of Meriden, after she allegedly became belligerent with Police and refused to provide the Officers with the key to her vehicle.

Subsequent to her arrest, a breathalyzer test revealed that Copeland had an elevated blood alcohol level.

Copeland was charged with DUI and interfering with police.

She was released on $500 bond with a November 30th court date.

If you have any questions about this Police Report, please contact Editor Ryan Sartor at ryan.sartor@patch.com

RONALD M GOLDWYN November 22, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Did she have to? What law requires a person to turn over real property to the police?
LAM November 22, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Okay, so we let her go and kill someone. Yeah great trade, an imaginery "right" for a life. Newsflash! If someone was breaking the law waving a gun, don't you think a cop would take the gun? How about a knife? a club? perhaps a hammer? All the above can kill someone including a drunk with a car and keys. Think!
C.S. November 22, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Ron always asks the tough questions that everyone is afraid to ask. Lol,
Starla November 23, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Her blood alcohol was tested as elevated. The police sure weren't about to let her go free. The car can't be left unattended, so the police have to confiscate it until her charges are addressed. I don't believe they were acting outside the limits of the law.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 23, 2012 at 01:16 PM
She was arrested. Now they have her car and purse. Was she also cuffed? Why did they not have possession of her car and its keys? But assume she was not arrested, does she have the right to withhold her car keys with no charges against her? What rights are being denied her? Now she has been stopped by the Police for DWI, Did she stop in the middle of the road, or did she pull off to the side where it was safe? Did the police come up to her and say let me see your License, Registration and Keys? I don't know what happened, nor do you, but I can ask, since when is it a crime for a person to refuse to turn over their keys after being arrested when the police have the power to search her and her car.
jungis4545 November 23, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Pertinent questions Ron forgot to ask: Was she wearing clothes (skirt, pants, dress)? Was the car facing north, east, south, or west? What time of day was it? What day of the week? Had she eaten within 24 hours? Does she own a dog? Had she ever traveled to New Jersey? Does she know how to swim? And, most important, were the keys OEM or copies made by a hardware store? Oh, and what color were her shoes? The answers to these questions will help make Ron a better detective.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 23, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Folks, Laugh now, but some day it might be you under arrest asking - but what did I do?
LAM November 24, 2012 at 02:00 AM
She failed a breathalyzer test, she was drunk, she was belligerent. More than likely the cop was afraid she would drive off,why else would he want the keys? She was a drunk and acted the fool. Personally the cop could have flushed the keys down the toilet for all I care.
Starla November 24, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Just because you don't know the answers to your questions, don't mean those laws don't exist. Perhaps a class or two in traffic law is needed?
tartuga November 24, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I think they were Right this time. But RoN has a Valid Point, these local cops Step All Over Our Rights All the Time. When Is someone going to speak up???
LAM November 24, 2012 at 04:40 PM
@tartuga: Examples please of local cops Milford cops" stepping over rights all of the time".
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 24, 2012 at 05:42 PM
@Tartuga, the cops you are talking about are my police officers and I feel they are the finest in the state. If you have a complaint, put it in writing and send it to the chief. But please don't knock the entire force unless you can be specific with a problem. Personally I feel safe living here in Milford and they are worth every penny they receive.
C.S. November 24, 2012 at 06:01 PM
They need the keys so that when they tow the drunk ladies car the wrecker doesn't have to drag it up onto a flatbed. Also those who question the police, especially theologies police are more than likely up to no good on one way or another. I myself have never had a problem with the cops, sure I've benn pulled over, but have been polite as they have a job to do. Got off with a pleasant warning both times.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 24, 2012 at 07:56 PM
@CS You may be 100% correct as to why they need the keys, but is it a criminal act to refuse to give it to them? Once they have arrested the person they have her in their custody and that includes everything on her person, so where is the crime of withholding her keys?
C.S. November 25, 2012 at 12:14 AM
I just re-read the article and now I am not clear as to the keys being an issue at all, or whether or not that even needed to be printed. Perhaps the refusal of handing the keys over resulted in the interfering with police charge, but that charge usually get tacked onto most ever belligerent drunk who is being arrested anyhow. So perhaps handing the keys over was just something (as I stated before) that would facilitate moving the vehicle, but where never an issue for arrest? In which case I say we blame Ryan (just kidding Ryan I think you do a great job here on the Patch).
Ryan Sartor (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Haha, thanks C.S. I included the 'refuses to give over keys' in the headline because it was part of the police report and is included in the police report and she was charged with 'interfering with police.' I often will include some detail from the report in the headline and the 'Cops:' is meant to signify that this what the Milford Police have written as having happened. Arrests do not indicate a conviction. Thanks for the feedback! It's always great to see a lively discussion in the comments.

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