Atlanta, Ga. - According to authorities just south of Atlanta in Clayton County reported the arrest of a man wanted in several states.
A Georgia State Trooper pulled over a luxury sports utility vehicle on Tara Boulevard for a tag violation. The driver allegedly gave the trooper a fraudulent license, and when the trooper returned to his patrol car, the driver sped away from the traffic stop. The pursuit ended when the trooper performed a PIT maneuver. The driver was then taken into custody. It is reported that the man had active warrants in Georgia, California, and New York.
Even though the man is wanted for various offenses, as an Atlanta DUI Lawyer, I will discuss the serious traffic crime committed by the suspect - fleeing or attempting to elude.
Fleeing or Attempting to Elude
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.
Many times when a driver is arrested for DUI in Atlanta, other offenses are involved with the case. DUI cases are complicated, and no one should attempt to dissect the law behind their cases on their own. Call our offices today.