Search Incident to Arrest-Report Question
So long story short while working mids on 11-22 I was on a foot patrol and saw a drunk idiot smash a window of a Hotel across the street. I made contact and was taking the guy into custody when I saw a knife in his pocket near his right hand. I had control of his right arm so I confiscated the knife and performed a brief search of his waist area. My report read like this:
"As the subject approached... I observed a knife in plain view attached to his right pocket in the immediate vicinity of his right hand. I took control of the subject's arm and directed him to turn away from me. I then took custody of the knife and performed a brief pat down search of his waist area for further weapons and found none..."
My report got kicked back because according to the FPS Inspector I didn't articulate my justification of the search. Now there are three separate avenues that I believe I covered. 1)Search incident to arrest- I was taking the subject into custody and conducted a brief search for weapons; 2)Terry Frisk- I had reasonable suspicion that the subject had weapons based on the fact I had already found one (in plain view); and 3) The plain view doctrine- The knife was in plain view (as stated in my report).
What is it that I should have done differently? Does it sound from my report that I successfully articulated at least one of these three options?
I appreciate any and all input...