Sandy Springs, Ga. – Sandy Springs police officers arrested five men after they were allegedly responsible for stealing a luxury vehicle, leading a police chase, and causing a head-on collision.
According to reports, officers noticed a 2012 Porsche Cayenne that had been reported stolen driving near Brandon Mill Road. Officers made an attempt to pull the vehicle over, but the driver drove away. This led to a highspeed police chase that resulted in a head-on collision with another Sandy Springs patrol vehicle.
The five men are facing a variety of charges. As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will focus on the most serious of the traffic offenses faced by the men – fleeing or attempting to elude. This charge in particular is often seen alongside charges for DUI in Georgia.
Fleeing or Attempting to Elude in Georgia
Fleeing or Attempting to Elude in Georgia is outlined 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.
A first time offense of fleeing or attempting to elude is classified as a high and aggravated misdemeanor in the state of Georgia. This means that if a person is convicted of fleeing or attempting to elude, he or she is facing up to 12 months of jail time as well as fines up to $5,000.
However, there are circumstances that can exacerbate the penalties associated with a charge of fleeing or attempting to elude. These circumstances include when a driver flees and:
(i) Operates his or her vehicle in excess of 20 miles an hour above the posted speed limit;
(ii) Strikes or collides with another vehicle or a pedestrian;
(iii) Flees in traffic conditions which place the general public at risk of receiving serious injuries;
(iv) Commits a violation of paragraph (5) of subsection (a) of Code Section 40-6-391; or
(v) Leaves the state.
If a driver flees under any one of the above-mentioned circumstances, then a person is facing a felony charge of fleeing or attempting to elude.
If you have been arrested for DUI or any other serious traffic violation, call our offices now. A Georgia DUI Attorney can help you with your case today and determine the best course of action for you.