Many arrests for driving under the influence in Pennsylvania occur when there is a traffic stop, testing and the driver is placed under arrest if the blood-alcohol concentration surpasses the legal limit. It is unusual for there to be a high-speed chase and other offenses that exponentially worsen the alleged DUI or DWI offenses. In some cases, however, the driver might flee or there could be accusations that criminal violations were committed in conjunction with DUI.
According to recent reports, a man is facing multiple charges, including receiving stolen property, DUI and fleeing law enforcement, after a police chase ended with the vehicle crashing into a residence. The incident occurred at approximately 2 a.m. Officers sought to stop a new GNC Sierra Denali. It did not have a license plate. As the stop was attempted, the driver allegedly drove away. A chase went on for around a mile before the man crashed into a fence, hit a porch of one home and then hit another porch. The man subsequently got out of the vehicle and law enforcement used a stun gun to subdue him. He was then arrested. The driver was brought to the hospital for treatment, but no one else was hurt.
When there is a litany of charges against a person, including DUI, stealing a motor vehicle, fleeing law enforcement and more, it can spark lifetime problems if there is a conviction. Jail time, fines and a criminal record can make it difficult for the person even after the debt to society has been paid. While charges like this are undoubtedly serious, it does not automatically mean a conviction on all charges is guaranteed. The person could have problems with addiction that was the catalyst for the behavior. It might have been a person with a clean record who made a mistake. Exploring options is crucial.
Although the charges in this recent incident are serious, the suspect still has rights, including the right to plan a DUI defense.