A Tennessee driver finds himself in serious legal trouble after he is said to have fled from a traffic stop. The man has been charged with drunk driving and felony counts of evading arrest. According to his criminal records, this is his third DUI charge and the fourth time he has been charged with driving with a revoked license. He is also facing charges that include possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal impersonation.
The man was arrested after he fled from Tennessee law enforcement officials. A police officer attempted to pull him over, but according to the report, the driver fled from the scene. He was pursued by the police officer with the siren and the lights engaged. The man apparently jumped from the moving vehicle, which then hit several fences and a tree.
Police accounts indicate that the man was demonstrating signs of intoxication, including slurred speech. He allegedly admitted to taking prescription medication that would have impacted his driving performance, as well as using methamphetamine within the previous 24 hours. There were items discovered in his car that could be considered drug paraphernalia, including syringes and a glass pipe.
If convicted of these charges, the man could face significant penalties. Drunk driving charges are serious, but this man has the right to defend himself against any charges that he currently faces. Any person charged with a crime is presumed innocent in the eyes of the law unless and until proved guilty, and they also retain the right to present a defense. Protecting one's rights after an arrest is crucial, and the first step is to secure the services of an experienced attorney.
Source: greenevillesun.com, "Drugs, DUI, Endangerment Among Charges Against Man", Ken Little, May 23, 2016