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Fleeing the scene of a DUI stop will add to the charges against you

| Nov 13, 2020 | DUI

When a Grand Forks police officer or North Dakota state trooper pulls you over on the highway or a local road, it is natural to feel nervous. The shock of realizing that the police car’s flashing lights and siren are for you can make the adrenaline flow. If you believe you are about to be arrested for drinking and driving, you might feel an impulse to try to escape the traffic stop.

Doing so is against the law. The crime is called fleeing an officer. Getting away from the police is unlikely, and trying puts you at risk of adding to the charges against you.

Police claim escape ended in cemetery

Recently, a woman in Fargo was arrested for DUI and fleeing the scene after allegedly trying to avoid a police stop. According to a news report, officers caught up to the woman after she drove her pickup truck into a nearby cemetery and became stuck. The fact that this incident happened on Halloween makes it especially ironic.

Don’t panic

Instead of letting something like this happen to you, resist the urge to drive away. Be polite with the officer who pulled you over, but do not try to talk your way out of the situation. Remember, the officer is trying to gather evidence that you have been driving while intoxicated. You do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to.

Most of all, remember that getting charged does not mean you will be convicted. You may be able to fight the DUI charge and beat it, but only if you work with an experienced defense attorney.

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