One thing any Georgian DUI lawyer will tell you is not to run from the police. While it may not have been the smartest thing to drink and drive, the only thing that will make it worse is a charge of fleeing and evading law enforcement. This is what happened to a 33-year old man in Alpharetta last month. DUI suspect flees police at 131 mph and crashes into the median.
As soon as the driver saw the red and blue lights, he sped off, going even faster than the 131 caught on the police officer’s radar gun. The cops couldn’t even catch up to him.
It wasn’t until the suspect tried to exit McFarland Parkway that the chase ended. But it didn’t end in the driver’s favor. He was going so far that, when he tried to exit the highway, he crashed into a concrete median. His car then flipped over the guardrail and into oncoming traffic.
Thankfully, the man was able to walk away from the crash. However, while he may have escaped physical injury, he couldn’t avoid criminal charges. He has been charged with:
- Open container
- Reckless driving
- Fleeing and evading law enforcement
He will be looking at real prison time now. Had he just stopped when the police turned on his light, he’d be facing nothing more than a DUI charge. And, while that does carry potential jail time, for a first offense, he probably would’ve just gotten a license suspension and fines.
If you’re stopped and arrested for a DUI, call our office and speak to one of our lawyers in Athens, Georgia.