Being pulled over by the police can be a frightening experience, particularly if you feel you have done nothing wrong. However, as a recent story shows, attempting to flee in such situations can land you in even more trouble.
A recent chase by Clarkstown police led to drug charges for one man. The incident began when the 29-year-old driver of a Nissan pickup truck failed to signal a turn. A police officer observed this and attempted to pull the driver over. However, the driver of the truck sped up, and allegedly threw something out the window of the passenger side of the vehicle. During the chase it is reported that the driver’s speeds went as high as 90 mph and the driver veered over the double yellow line. The chase ended when the driver eventually drove down a dead end road.
The police took the driver into custody. The police reportedly recovered crack cocaine, heroin, a scale and clear plastic bags. The driver was charged with several felonies, including criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and reckless endangerment. He was also charged with two misdemeanors, including unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and criminally using drug paraphernalia.
While this driver is facing a multitude of drug offenses, it is important to remember that he, just like every other citizen of our nation, is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This can be a tough standard for the prosecution to meet. Moreover, he deserves to be able to defend himself in court. In this endeavor, it may be wise to have the representation of an attorney who understands how the law applies to the facts of one’s case and can provide a solid defense.
Source: New City Patch, “Car Chase Ends with Arrest: Clarkstown Police,” Lanning Taliaferro, June 20, 2016