Why Complicate a DWI Charge? Running from the Police is Never a Wise Choice

For the umpteenth time — and if we’ve said it once, we’ve certainly said it a hundred times before: once a motorist is being pulled over or even in the process of being stopped for a traffic offense, any thought of fleeing the arresting officer or otherwise leaving the scene is a foolhardy and potentially damaging gesture. Radios have been around for more than one hundred years and no car yet made can outrun a police transceiver. Of course, we say this somewhat in jest, but the fact remains that running from the police can only serve to compound one’s troubles later at the inevitable court hearing.

As New Jersey DWI and drug DUI defense attorneys, I and my expert staff of criminal and civil defense lawyers understand the laws of this state and the consequences of flouting those laws. While it’s never a good situation to be charged with driving under the influence of beer or wine, prescription meds or even weed, trying to elude a police officer as a result of a routine traffic stop could most certainly be more trouble than it’s worth.

What prompts us to pass along this information is a news article about a Sussex County motorist who apparently felt it was necessary to flee from Sparta Township police during an early morning police patrol along a stretch of Woodport Rd. According to the news report, the officer in charge observed a vehicle traveling in excess of the local speed limit; the suspect’s Acura was reportedly clocked on radar doing more than 70mph in a 40 zone. The patrolman gave chase, but the driver apparently did not yield and kept driving away.

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Why Complicate a DWI Charge? Running from the Police is Never a Wise Choice

For the umpteenth time — and if we’ve said it once, we’ve certainly said it a hundred times before: once a motorist is being pulled over or even in the process of being stopped for a traffic offense, any thought of fleeing the arresting officer or otherwise leaving the scene is a foolhardy and potentially damaging gesture. Radios have been around for more than one hundred years and no car yet made can outrun a police transceiver. Of course, we say this somewhat in jest, but the fact remains that running from the police can only serve to compound one’s troubles later at the inevitable court hearing.

As New Jersey DWI and drug DUI defense attorneys, I and my expert staff of criminal and civil defense lawyers understand the laws of this state and the consequences of flouting those laws. While it’s never a good situation to be charged with driving under the influence of beer or wine, prescription meds or even weed, trying to elude a police officer as a result of a routine traffic stop could most certainly be more trouble than it’s worth.

What prompts us to pass along this information is a news article about a Sussex County motorist who apparently felt it was necessary to flee from Sparta Township police during an early morning police patrol along a stretch of Woodport Rd. According to the news report, the officer in charge observed a vehicle traveling in excess of the local speed limit; the suspect’s Acura was reportedly clocked on radar doing more than 70mph in a 40 zone. The patrolman gave chase, but the driver apparently did not yield and kept driving away.

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