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Suspected DUI Driver Leads High-speed Chase in Newnan

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Newnan Public Safety Complex

Newnan, Ga. - Authorities in Newnan arrested a driver who allegedly was driving under the influence when he lead a high speed chase in a large pickup trunk.

The driver was operating the truck without his headlights on late at night. This led to officers attempting to pull the truck over but the driver sped off. The police chase reached speeds of over 100 MPH.

As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the offense of fleeing or attempting to elude in the state of Georgia as it relates to DUI in Georgia.

Fleeing or Attempting to Elude in Georgia

Fleeing the Police 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.

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