When some motorists hear sirens and see the flashing lights of a police car suddenly appear in their rearview mirror, there is an impulse to hit the gas. While this emotional response is thankfully ignored in the overwhelming majority of cases, a few drivers unfortunately wind up acting on it.
The use of drugs and alcohol are closely tied to the misguided belief that evading arrest by fleeing from a police car is somehow a smart or even realistic idea. One of the well-documented effects of alcohol is the lowering of inhibitions, which can include our mental safeguards against such reckless behavior. Moreover, narcotics such as methamphetamines often lead those behind the wheel into incredibly dangerous situations and decisions.
The reality is that evading arrest in a car is among the worst things you can do. First of all, you simply will not get away. By the time police flip on the lights, they already have a lock on your license plate and can easily radio in your position and direction. Officers take cases of criminals trying to get away very seriously, as they can indicate more serious offenses or warrants that the driver is attempting to hide.
It is in the interest of the law to track you down and stop you, and the more aggressive you are in your flight, the more serious your charges will become with every passing second. Apart from simply evading arrest – a major crime in its own right – you can be slapped with multiple counts of reckless endangerment, especially if you are in a busy area.
Evading arrest can compound an already difficult problem. If you or someone you love is facing such a charge in connection to a DUI or other drinking-related driving offense, you will need an experienced attorney on your side. Contact Rhode Island DUI defense lawyer Matthew Marin today at 401-287-4384.