Driving Backwards Through A Taco Bell Drive-Thru Might Give Police A Reason To Search Your Car

If you’ve got drugs in your car, you probably don’t want to do very much to draw the attention of the authorities. Just ask the Pennsylvania man who was arrested for marijuana possession after police watched him drive backwards while trying to order food from the Taco Bell drive-thru.

According to PennLive.com, police officers in Silver Spring Township, PA, watched as the 18-year-old drove his car in reverse to the cashier’s window at the fast food joint.

So they pulled the young man over and searched his car, which allegedly contained a small amount of marijuana. Police charged the driver with possession, along with a disorderly conduct charge for the backwards-driving antics. No mention of a DWI charge, so it’s possible this guy was completely sober and just making a stupid decision that landed him in custody and, presumably, without his to-go order.

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  1. FitsOneHead says:

    Bummer. No Xmas tacos for you! ‘m confused, if the guy drove backwards through the drive-thru, how did he place the order? Wouldn’t the order box-thingy be on the passenger side? That’s gotta be annoying to the other customers. I have yet to see a Taco Bell that doesn’t have a line of cars waiting for the drive thru.

  2. PhillyDom says:

    Ha, ha, the guy didn’t get his tacos. The larger issue here is probable cause. If driving your car in reverse is now grounds for a search, that’s another hole punched in the Fourth Amendment, which was already looking like a piece of Swiss cheese.

  3. CommonC3nts says:

    I dont see how this was legal for a cop to pull them over. This looks like an illegal search.
    This cop should be fired for doing an illegal search.
    1. Taco Bell is private property so nothing is wrong with driving backwards.
    2. Maybe his window is broken so he does that to use the other window.
    3. All the cops got with the illegal search was a small amount of weed and that was pure luck as they had no probable cause to search the car/ they had no reason to think drugs were in the car.