Newnan, Ga. - A driver in Clayton County is facing multiple charges after leading a police chase on Interstate 85 going northbound earlier this evening.
The chase started at the intersection of Lower Fayetteville Road and Newnan Crossing. However, the chase was initially called off because of safety concerns. The man allegedly navigated his vehicle through several residential areas at high speeds, and the chase was eventually called back on. It resulted in a successful PIT maneuver and his arrest.
The driver is facing several charges including reckless driving and DUI in Georgia.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the offense of reckless driving in today's post. It was this offense that led officers to initiate the stop and alerted them to investigating what exactly was going on with the driver.
Reckless Driving in Georgia
Georgia Law defines reckless driving in Georgia in O.C.G.A. §40-6-390 of the Georgia Code as:
(a) Any person who drives any vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property commits the offense of reckless driving.
(b) Every person convicted of reckless driving shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, provided that no provision of this Code section shall be construed so as to deprive the court imposing the sentence of the power given by law to stay or suspend the execution of such sentence or to place the defendant on probation.
Therefore, if a driver is found guilty of reckless driving, he or she could face up to a year in jail as well as fines up to $1,000.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for DUI or any related offense, call our offices now. A member of our team is available to speak with you about your case.