Saw this in another forum.
Cliffnotes: OP drives an evo and is aggrevated by getting constantly "inspected" under the hood in SoCal.OP- Just because of the car i drive, does that give the officer the right to search my engine bay? Is my car or myself being profiled as a streetracer? I do not street race.
If the officer asks me to pop the hood, and I do not give consent for him to search my car, what are the consequences of saying no to consent? Is a warrant required for an officer to search my car or will the officer have the car towed if i say no
MD Cop-Just as an FYI I profile your POS rice rocket and YES I would have you pop the hood. It is not a search in MD to have you pop the hood. I am allowed by MD law once I have my PC for a stop to conduct a FULL vehicle inspection on the side of the road to include driving it for a breif distance if I so choose to. However thats a bit much. Poping the hood looking for the turbo or the NOS tubes is plenty enough for me.
If you refuse? Then you get to go to jail for failure to obay a lawful order and I yank you through the vent window, you go to jail, and I impound your car......after I inspect it.