- A provision in the law that permits a police officer to inspect a car without needing a search warrant. However, this only applies if the officer strongly suspects that the car contains proof related to a crime and that this proof could be removed or destroyed if the officer left to get a warrant
- The police utilized the automobile exception to investigate the suspicious car parked across the street.
- Under the automobile exception, officers were able to search the vehicle immediately after they pursued and stopped the vehicle suspected of illicit activities.
- The automobile exception allowed the officer to legally inspect the vehicle when they smelled a strong odor of illegal substances emanating from the car.