Senoia, Ga. - A police chase involving an alleged DUI driver was abandoned for safety reasons in Newnan by patrol units. However, the vehicle was spotted again on Interstate 85 in Coweta County where local officers reinitiated the pursuit.
Coweta County Officers successfully pulled a PIT maneuver and were able to end the chase in a relatively safe manner. The driver was then arrested for DUI in Senoia as well as fleeing or attempting to elude police.
As a Senoia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the corresponding offense in the driver's DUI case - fleeing or attempting to elude.
Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police
O.C.G.A. § 40-6-395 of the Georgia Code defines the offense of fleeing or attempting to elude 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.
If you have been arrested for DUI, then it is of the utmost importance that you hire representation for your case now. Most people are unaware of the penalties and consequences that come along with a DUI conviction within the state of Georgia. These consequences are not to be taken lightly. We can help you now.