An unidentified suspect is currently still on the run after reports that he attempted to hit a police officer in Fulton County with his car.
According to reports, the driver was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. He then attempted to hit the officer with his vehicle. Instead, the driver rammed his car into a power pole at an intersection before running away on foot.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the chase.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I handle cases of this nature quite regularly. Fleeing the scene of an arrest commonly goes hand in hand with DUI charges. The possibility of a DUI in Georgia can be so overwhelming for some drivers that they choose to flee the scene instead of risking the chance of getting arrested.
In today's post, I will outline the offense of fleeing an officer in Georgia.
Fleeing or Attempting to Elude an Officer in Georgia
Under Georgia Law, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer in Georgia is defined as:
It is illegal for any driver to willfully fail or refuse to bring his or her vehicle to a stop or to flee from a pursuing police vehicle or officer when they are blue lighted or some other signal is given indicating that the officer is attempting to pull over the vehicle. O.C.G.A. §40-6-395.
If convicted of is fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, the offense is classified as a high and aggravated misdemeanor in Georgia. This means there are significant punishments associated with the offense including a minimum of ten days in jail.
Fleeing the police is a serious charge. This means that if you or a loved one has been charged with this offense, you need both the serious attention and the serious commitment of a Georgia DUI Attorney.
Most of the time, people are improperly charged with this offense. Usually, people are charged with this offense because they simply did not see or hear the officer in his or her attempt to pull them over. In any case, we are here to help.