Marvin Arnold has been accused of driving away from a routine traffic stop which resulted in a car accident. After Arnold crashed his car, he hid in a trash can outside of a stranger's home.
Arnold is being accused of several different serious traffic violations including:
- Hit and Run in Georgia
- Open Container in Georgia
- DUI in Georgia
- Reckless Driving in Georgia
- Fleeing a Police Officer in Georgia
- Obstruction of a Police Officer in Georgia
- Laying Drags in Georgia
Arnold has also been accused of several different drug offenses as well as property crimes. He is facing 19 total charges in Gwinnett County.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the office of fleeing a police officer in Georgia in today's post.
Fleeing or Attempting to Elude an Officer in Georgia
Fleeing or attempting to elude an officer in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §40-6-395 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. Any person violating the provisions of subsection (a) of this Code section shall be guilty of a high and aggravated misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than $500.00 nor more than $5,000.00, which fine shall not be subject to suspension, stay, or probation and imprisoned for not less than ten days nor more than 12 months.
The traffic violations that Arnold has been charged with are quite serious and are actually quite commonly charged with DUI and reckless driving.
It is quite common to see fleeing cases with DUI because most of the time drivers try to avoid being charged. If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact our offices today.