Recently, 34-year-old Twin Cities man was charged with two counts of fleeing a police officer resulting in injury or death after he allegedly tried to escape an officer who believed that he was driving under the influence.
As a Minneapolis DWI lawyer, I have worked with enough clients who have been accused of driving drunk to know that a desire to flee is a natural response is a situation like this. However, this man’s story shows why it is much better to follow an officer’s orders at first, and then stand up for oneself in court afterward, with the assistance of counsel if necessary.
The man originally came to the attention of a police officer early one Monday morning because he was allegedly speeding. According to the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, the man refused to pull over and led the officer on a three-minute chase through downtown Minneapolis. He reportedly ran through red lights and crashed through shrubbery in his ill-fated escape attempt.
After crossing the Mississippi River, the man struck a vehicle containing a 24-year-old Wisconsin man, who died in the collision, and a 20-year-old Stillwater man, who was gravely injured.
Allegedly, the man had been trying to flee the officer because he had a BAC of 0.16 — double the legal limit of 0.08 — and was driving with a suspended license.
As I said earlier, while the urge to run away may be a natural and temporary emotion that flares up when an officer tries to pull you over, giving in to that temptation is dangerous, unfair to others and unlikely to be successful. A better way to handle things is to work with an attorney, if necessary, to defend yourself against any possible charges.
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