Hollywood stuntwoman Kim Washington Longino will have her driver’s license restored. An OUI charge brought by Tisbury Police has been dismissed by Edgartown District Court Judge Benjamin Barnes. The dismissal came after Barnes allowed a motion by Longino’s attorney, Martin (“Skip”) Tomassian, to suppress evidence. Tomassian moved to suppress all evidence from a stop of Longino’s vehicle Tisbury Police made on July 24, 2020, at just after midnight.
“They had no reason to stop her,” Tomassian told The Times Monday.
In an affidavit filed with the court, Longino also said Tisbury Police had no reason to stop her: “I believe I was stopped without probable cause or reasonable suspicion, and that the officer did not have grounds to stop and seize either me or my vehicle.”
Tomassian’s motion echoed his client’s statement. The motion stated there was no probable cause, no warrant, “no exigent circumstances,” among other reasons for suppression.
In a February proceeding, Tomassian characterized the stop made by Tisbury Police Officer Nick Sidoti as based on a “hunch at best,” or because he was “fishing at most.”
In cross-examination at that proceeding, Tomassian pressed Sidoti on whether he observed Longino commit a motor vehicle infraction. Sidoti was provided a copy of his police report to review. Tomassian asked Sidoti if he’d written that he hadn’t witnessed any motor vehicle infractions. Sidoti didn’t quite agree with the way Tomassian stated the question, but he nonetheless read a passage from his report that aligned with not observing any motor vehicle infractions.
Barnes granted the motion to dismiss on April 16; however, Longino was getting the “runaround by the Registry of Motor Vehicles,” Tomassian said during a court appearance Friday. Longino had previously declined to take a breathalyzer test, and the automatic suspension that comes with that was up in January, Tomassian told the court. Tomassian told the court he had filed a motion to make sure Longino’s license was restored. Later on Friday, Barnes ordered Longino’s driver’s license restored. In April, Judge Barnes also dismissed a subsequent and related charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. The charge stemmed from an incident on July 26, 2020, when Officer Sidoti, while heading to the station, allegedly saw Longino driving after her license had been suspended.
Reached on Monday, Longino said she was glad the court was able to weigh all the evidence available, and she thanked Tomassian for his skill as an attorney.