ORS 131.605¹
Definitions for ORS 131.605 to 131.625

As used in ORS 131.605 (Definitions for ORS 131.605 to 131.625) to 131.625 (Frisk of stopped persons), unless the context requires otherwise:

(1) "Crime" has the meaning provided for that term in ORS 161.515 ("Crime" described).

(2) "Dangerous weapon," "deadly weapon" and "person" have the meaning provided for those terms in ORS 161.015 (General definitions).

(3) "Frisk" is an external patting of a person’s outer clothing.

(4) "Is about to commit" means unusual conduct that leads a peace officer reasonably to conclude in light of the officer’s training and experience that criminal activity may be afoot.

(5) "Reasonably suspects" means that a peace officer holds a belief that is reasonable under the totality of the circumstances existing at the time and place the peace officer acts as authorized in ORS 131.605 (Definitions for ORS 131.605 to 131.625) to 131.625 (Frisk of stopped persons).

(6) A "stop" is a temporary restraint of a person’s liberty by a peace officer lawfully present in any place. [1973 c.836 §30; 1997 c.866 §2]

Notes of Decisions

Reasonable Suspicion

Stop of only vehicle observed traveling in general area where crime had just occurred was reasonable. State v. Jones, 23 Or App 706, 543 P2d 1103 (1975); State v. Teal, 94 Or App 381, 765 P2d 827 (1988); State v. Nguyen, 176 Or App 258, 31 P3d 489 (2001)

Where anonymous informant reported, inter alia, that operator of yellow Ford pickup had nearly forced him off road, had appeared very intoxicated and had pulled rifle on him during dispute, of­fi­cer had requisite "reasonable suspicion" to detain driver; overruling State v. Caproni, 19 Or App 789, 529 P2d 974 (1974). State v. Lindstrom, 37 Or App 513, 588 P2d 44 (1978)

When police of­fi­cer sighted car similar to one listed on "hot sheet," but did not know license number of stolen vehicle, sufficient basis for stop existed. State v. Worthington, 39 Or App 775, 593 P2d 1241 (1979), Sup Ct review denied

Unusually slow speed of vehicle that only partially matched descrip­tion of suspect vehicle did not provide reasonable suspicion justifying stop. State v. Ponce, 43 Or App 665, 603 P2d 1243 (1979)

Where police of­fi­cer, parked in front of police sta­tion, heard sound of breaking glass at about 3 a.m. and soon after saw defendant's car come down alley from police parking lot, circumstances were sufficient to arouse suspicion that crime had been committed. State v. Schedler, 47 Or App 181, 614 P2d 591 (1980), Sup Ct review denied

Where police of­fi­cer knew that robbery had been committed five hours before, defendant's car matched descrip­tion of car involved in robbery and defendant sought to evade of­fi­cer after of­fi­cer began to trail him, reasonable suspicion existed to stop defendant. State v. Armstrong, 52 Or App 161, 628 P2d 1206 (1981), Sup Ct review denied

Where police report men­tioned two black men fleeing scene of robbery and where of­fi­cer's intui­tion led him to believe vehicle and third party were also likely involved, suspects' direc­tion of travel together with fact that they were only observed black men in predominately white neighborhood gave rise to reasonable suspicion to stop suspects pursuant to ORS 131.615 (Stopping of persons). State v. Ott, 54 Or App 309, 634 P2d 825 (1981), Sup Ct review denied

Where telephone call claiming caller planned to detonate bomb was traced to telephone booth, defendant's con­duct in nearby booth was peculiar and defendant took "hard look" at area known to be loca­tion of bomb, there was reasonable suspicion justifying stop of defendant. State v. Miller, 54 Or App 323, 634 P2d 1361 (1981), Sup Ct review denied

Where crime being investigated had not occurred recently, general resemblance to suspects did not give of­fi­cers basis for stopping defendants. State v. Hageman, 59 Or App 96, 650 P2d 175 (1982)

Where further investiga­tion of package was limited in intensity and scope, temporary deten­tion of package re­quired only reasonable suspicion that package contained contraband. State v. Kosta, 75 Or App 713, 708 P2d 365 (1985), aff'd on other grounds, 304 Or 549, 748 P2d 72 (1987)

Stop of defendant was not based on reasonable suspicion where store was robbed by black man who fled on foot and three minutes later, on way to robbery scene in predominantly white area, of­fi­cer met car occupied by two black men traveling in opposite direc­tion and where as car approached, passenger turned head away from of­fi­cer. State v. Hunter, 86 Or App 697, 740 P2d 234 (1987)

In absence of any evidence of crim­i­nal ac­tivity, furtive gestures provide no basis for stop. State v. Butkovich, 87 Or App 587, 743 P2d 752 (1987), Sup Ct review denied; State v. Moya, 97 Or App 375, 775 P2d 927 (1989)

Car's "jerking back and forth" on highway supported reasonable suspicion that driver was influenced by intoxicants. State v. Wright, 94 Or App 468, 765 P2d 1251 (1988), Sup Ct review denied

Officers lacked "reasonable suspicion" at time of stop where defendant was merely walking down street at night in "high crime" neighborhood carrying bag. State v. Anfield, 95 Or App 568, 770 P2d 919 (1989)

Police had reasonable suspicion that defendant had committed crime of entering vehicle without con­sent of owner where security of­fi­cers told police defendant had been working under dashboard of car with flashlight and there had been number of car prowls in that area, including one that day. State v. Codr, 99 Or App 417, 782 P2d 442 (1989)

Citizen reporting crime is not re­quired to be ambivalent about arrest of suspect in order for of­fi­cer receiving report to have reasonable suspicion. State v. Shumway, 124 Or App 131, 861 P2d 384 (1993), Sup Ct review denied

Whether of­fi­cer had subjective reasonable suspicion may be inferred from con­duct without direct testimony by of­fi­cer re­gard­ing suspicion. State v. Belt, 137 Or App 440, 905 P2d 862 (1995), aff'd 325 Or 6, 932 P2d 1177 (1997); State v. Bickford, 157 Or App 386, 970 P2d 234 (1998), Sup Ct review denied

When Encounter Is Stop

Fact that police of­fi­cer approached defendant's vehicle in public parking lot and spoke to defendant did not constitute "stop," and thus of­fi­cer's view into defendant's car was from "lawful vantage" at time he observed marijuana in plain view on defendant's floorboard. State v. Porter, 31 Or App 229, 570 P2d 111 (1977), Sup Ct review denied; State v. Porter, 38 Or App 169, 589 P2d 1156 (1979)

Where police of­fi­cer identified himself to defendant, showed his badge, and asked to speak with defendant, there was temporary restraint on defendant's liberty constituting a "stop." State v. Wilson, 31 Or App 783, 571 P2d 554 (1977), Sup Ct review denied

Where of­fi­cer prevented defendant and companion from leaving tavern and "asked" defendant to put ID on table, this constituted "stop" within meaning of this sec­tion. State v. Warner, 284 Or 147, 585 P2d 681 (1978)

Where police of­fi­cer parked patrol car in such posi­tion that defendant would have to maneuver around patrol car in order to depart, ac­tion of of­fi­cer in so parking car did not restrain defendant's liberty. State v. Porter, 38 Or App 169, 589 P2d 1156 (1979)

Where off-duty state trooper stopped and ques­tioned driver who was driving erratically, and where he was acting in capacity of citizen, there was no stop within meaning of this sec­tion. State v. Chaput, 43 Or App 831, 604 P2d 435 (1979)

Where two uniformed police of­fi­cers approached defendant from their marked patrol car, inquired as to his reason for being in area, asked for identifica­tion, and told him he resembled burglary suspect, defendant's encounter with police constituted stop. State v. Canape, 46 Or App 453, 611 P2d 1190 (1980)

Where of­fi­cer following defendant's vehicle did not have overhead lights on, defendant voluntarily pulled over, of­fi­cer pulled up next to defendant and walked to his car in response to conversa­tion initiated by defendant, encounter was not stop. State v. Spenst, 62 Or App 755, 662 P2d 5 (1983), Sup Ct review denied

Where police of­fi­cer had decided to restrain defendant's liberty temporarily, not merely to ask him some preliminary ques­tions with defendant free to leave if he chose, encounter that followed was stop, even though of­fi­cer's intent had not been com­mu­ni­cated to defendant. State v. Goaid, 68 Or App 904, 683 P2d 129 (1984)

Encounter was not "stop" where defendant, at his van in parking lot, agreed to talk to of­fi­cers, who made no effort to restrain his freedom of move­ment and told him, when asked, that he was free to leave. State v. North, 72 Or App 1, 694 P2d 990 (1985), Sup Ct review denied

Turning on patrol car overhead lights does not necessarily transform encounter into stop. State v. Dubois, 75 Or App 394, 706 P2d 588 (1985)

Distinguishing feature of "stop" is that per­son's liberty is restrained by either physical force or show of authority. State v. Hasan, 93 Or App 142, 760 P2d 1377 (1988)

Where of­fi­cer followed defendant into parking lot and made contact as defendant was getting out of car, of­fi­cer did not restrain defendant's liberty by approaching defendant's car and speaking to him. State v. Eisenbarth, 93 Or App 384, 762 P2d 343 (1988)

Officer's request that defendant come out from behind bush and walk 15 feet to where of­fi­cer was standing was show of authority that converted conversa­tion into "stop." State v. Johnson, 105 Or App 587, 805 P2d 747 (1991)

Officer's con­duct did not constitute "stop" where of­fi­cer approached defendant and asked defendant for hunting and driver licenses and defendant admitted that driver license was suspended. State v. Lunow, 114 Or App 239, 835 P2d 129 (1992), Sup Ct review denied

Officer did not con­duct stop when defendant pulled vehicle into his driveway, of­fi­cer pulled in behind defendant but did not use car's overhead lights or restrain defendant either by force or show of authority, and defendant got out of car, approached of­fi­cer and initiated conversa­tion. State v. Norman, 114 Or App 395, 835 P2d 146 (1992)

Where defendant pulled onto shoulder of highway at place posted for emergency parking and police of­fi­cer pulled in behind defendant to offer assistance, contact was not stop until of­fi­cer acquired reason to inquire into defendant's sobriety. State v. Miller, 120 Or App 349, 852 P2d 895 (1993)

Officer's approach of parked vehicle and request for identifica­tion did not constitute stop. State v. Gilmore, 123 Or App 594, 860 P2d 882 (1993), Sup Ct review denied; State v. Warner, 136 Or App 475, 901 P2d 940 (1995)

Where school official's ac­tion extends beyond restraint and investiga­tion justified by compulsory attendance laws, stop requiring reasonable suspicion occurs. State ex rel Juvenile Dept. v. Rohlffs, 147 Or App 565, 938 P2d 768 (1997)

Encounter becomes stop when restraint or in­ter­fer­ence with citizen freedom of move­ment is significantly out of ordinary. State v. Blair/Vanis, 171 Or App 162, 14 P3d 660 (2000), Sup Ct review denied

Police of­fi­cer's physical restraint of per­son does not convert stop into arrest. State v. McKinney, 174 Or App 47, 23 P3d 386 (2001), Sup Ct review denied

Where suspect is not handcuffed, restraint on suspect's liberty consistent with of­fi­cer's need to control scene during investiga­tion does not convert stop into arrest. State v. Werowinski, 179 Or App 522, 40 P3d 545 (2002), Sup Ct review denied


Where of­fi­cers were told defendant carried gun, but not what type of gun, stop and frisk for concealed weapon was reasonable. State v. Bowcutt, 62 Or App 591, 661 P2d 565 (1983), Sup Ct review denied

Where police of­fi­cer would have discovered box even if he had not lifted defendant's shirt, method of search used was not overly intrusive. State v. Bechtold, 99 Or App 593, 783 P2d 1008 (1989), Sup Ct review denied

Notes of Decisions

Even assuming that defendant was lawfully stopped on reasonable suspicion of trafficking in narcotics, the warrantless seizure of the defendant's bag for one hour and twenty minutes until a narcotics-sniffing dog was summoned was unlawful because these sec­tions limit seizures in connec­tion with a stop to dangerous or deadly weapons. State v. Dupay, 62 Or App 798, 622 P2d 736 (1983), Sup Ct review denied

Exclusionary rule does not apply to evidence obtained following illegal stop when defendant, after stop, committed new crime justifying arrest. State v. Weiland, 72 Or App 25, 695 P2d 85 (1985), Sup Ct review denied

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 131—Preliminary Provisions; Limitations; Jurisdiction; Venue; Criminal Forfeiture; Crime Prevention, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­131.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 131, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­131ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.
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