If you are going to drive under the influence, it is safe to assume that you may make other unwise choices as well. Such was the plight of a man who attempted to flee the police on foot after allegedly striking another vehicle and causing unspecified injuries to its passengers.
Unfortunately for the man, his plan was not as effective as he might have hoped, and he was only able to run a matter of yards before the police apprehended him in a state of great distress, reportedly “sweating heavily and out of breath.”
The man now faces a series of charges, including driving under the influence with prior convictions, driving under the influence with property damage, driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. While the man would surely have faced a very difficult set of charges without fleeing the scene, he has only made things harder on himself.
If you do choose to drink and drive, you create great danger for yourself and others on the road, which is rarely wise (although, in certain circumstances, may be the least bad option). However, fleeing the scene of an accident after you drive while drunk is an invitation for trouble — a lot of trouble.
An experienced attorney can help you prepare a strong defense for any number of charges, but they will certainly appreciate it if you do not make the job any harder than it has to be. If you find yourself in a situation similar to this, do not flee the scene. Instead, it is wiser to cooperate with the authorities, say as little as possible and call a lawyer as soon as you can before you further incriminate yourself.
Source: Florida Today, “Somebody’s been skipping leg day. Alleged DUI driver flees on foot, doesn’t get far,” Jessica Saggio, July 20, 2017