KNOXVILLE (AP) — A state appeals court has reinstated charges against a Knoxville man accused of shooting out a traffic camera that earlier captured him running a red light.
Clifford Clark was stopped by police in November 2007 after they heard four shots and saw him speeding away from the scene.
A search of his van found a high-powered rifle from which four shots had been fired.
A Knox County Criminal Court judge previously threw out felony vandalism and reckless endangerment charges against Clark, finding the officers did not have a warrant to search his vehicle.
On Monday, the Court of Criminal Appeals reversed that decision, stating that the officers did not need a warrant because the rifle was in plain sight, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/uFX6rZ).
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com