An unidentified man has been reported as stealing two different vehicles in Coweta County. According to investigations, the man allegedly stole the first car and crashed that vehicle into a ditch in front of a woman's house. He then stole that woman's vehicle out of her driveway.
He was spotted on I-85 in the second stolen vehicle. That led to a 100-mph chase on the highway for ten miles. He eventually lost control of the vehicle near the exit for Flat Shoals Road. The man was taken to Grady Hospital with severe injuries.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the offenses of speeding and fleeing the police in today's post.
Speeding in Georgia
The Georgia Code has two specific statutes for speeding in Georgia. In terms of your driving record, the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) maintains these records and this is what your insurance company would generally look to in determining your rates. For driving less than 15 over the limit, a conviction for speeding is not reported to DDS. However, for 15-18 miles over the limit is 2 points added, 19-23 miles over the limit is 3 points added, 24-33 miles over the limit is 4 points added, and 34 or more miles over the limit is 6 points added. O.C.G.A 40-6-180 and O.C.G.A 40-6-391.
Fleeing or Attempting to Elude the Police in Georgia
Fleeing the police in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code as:
It shall be unlawful for any driver of a vehicle willfully to fail or refuse to bring his or her vehicle to a stop or otherwise to flee or attempt to elude a pursuing police vehicle or police officer when given a visual or an audible signal to bring the vehicle to a stop. The signal given by the police officer may be by hand, voice, emergency light, or siren. The officer giving such signal shall be in uniform prominently displaying his or her badge of office, and his or her vehicle shall be appropriately marked showing it to be an official police vehicle. O.C.G.A. §40-6-395(a).
Fleeing or attempting to elude can be classified as a felony offense or a high and aggravated misdemeanor in Georgia. There are certain situations like fleeing in traffic conditions that place the general public at risk of receiving serious injuries or striking or colliding with another vehicle or pedestrian that make the offense a felony.
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