It is no secret that drunk driving can be dangerous. It poses a serious risk of injury to the individual driving under the influence, anyone in that person’s vehicle, and any other vehicles sharing the road. However, driving under the influence of alcohol can be even more dangerous when it involves a refusal to pull over while trying to evade law enforcement. According to a recent story from Fox 31 – Denver, that is just what happened recently when a suspected drunk driver led police on a 75-mile chase that ended in the driver’s arrest.
The chase began in Jefferson County, just to the west of Denver. Law enforcement were notified that an individual was operating a vehicle in a way that made it seem as though he or she was intoxicated. When law enforcement responded and identified the vehicle that had been reported, the chase began. Ultimately, the chase would lead law enforcement over 75 miles from Jefferson County to Summit County over an hour later. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
Avoiding Additional Charges
This suspect is likely facing numerous charges in addition to driving under the influence if it can be established that driver was, in fact, intoxicated at the time of the chase. While authorities have not released a great deal more information, it is probable that the suspect will face charges ranging from evading arrest to reckless driving depending on the various factors that came into play throughout the chase. A conviction for driving under the influence can have significant consequences, but those consequences will be even more severe if they are accompanied by convictions for companion offenses.
If you are pulled over under suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, it is important to make sure you understand your rights as well as your responsibilities. Cooperation is key, but doing so within reason will help protect and preserve your rights. For instance, it is always in your best interest to be polite and cooperative with police but to not provide them with additional evidence to build a case against you. One way you can do that is by politely asserting your rights to decline roadside sobriety testing.
Legal Assistance with Colorado DUIs
Facing a DUI in Colorado can be intimidating. However, working with an experienced criminal defense attorney that focuses their practice on working with clients facing similar charges can help you navigate the process with more confidence. If you are facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and especially if you are facing additional charges related to those actions, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney right away. For help with your Colorado DUI and related charges, contact the criminal defense team at Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation where you can find out more information about the charges you are facing and what options might be available to you in your defense.
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