SECTION 1. Section 98A of chapter 41 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out said section and inserting in place thereof the following section:
Section 98A. A police officer of a city or town may stop a person or vehicle in a city or town that border’s the officer’s city or town if the officer has reason to believe that the person or vehicle recently traveled through his or her city or town under circumstances where the officer would have had the authority to stop the person or vehicle for the purpose of making an arrest, placing an operator in protective custody, issuing a citation or taking any other enforcement action. Said officer may return any person so arrested or placed in protective custody to the jurisdiction wherein said offense was committed or other condition or violation was observed. No criminal case shall be dismissed, and no evidence in a criminal case shall be suppressed, based on the fact that a stop of a person or motor vehicle did not comport with this section. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as limiting the powers of a police officer to make arrests and in so far as possible this section shall be deemed to be declaratory of the common law of the commonwealth.
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