Police procedures in Texas regarding parked and stationary vehicles must be closely scrutinized by criminal defense counsel. When an occupied vehicle is spotted parked in a relatively crime-free area with no suggestion of suspicious circumstances, the officer usually has no right to check on what the occupants are doing or talking about. The officer's mere hunch that there may be drug usage or drug possession occurring is insufficient cause to approach and make an interrogation.
The Bowie County Sheriff's Office was involved recently in such a situation. At about midnight on April 15, a deputy noticed a Jeep SUV parked on the side of the roadway on Farm to Market 2148. The officer apparently turned his vehicle around to contact the occupants when he allegedly saw a woman walking from the front of the vehicle with the hood opened.