NBC Los Angeles reports on a chase that a driver led police officers on through Compton.
The incident began on Friday, October 10 in the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Compton. The driver of a pickup stopped and pulled over several times, only to pull away and speed through several neighborhoods.
The driver was wanted for reckless driving and DUI. Police stated that the chase reached speeds of 40 m.p.h. The driver swung through a gas station and drove the wrong way on several streets.
Police were able to end the pursuit when the driver pulled into a parking lot in Lynwood and surrendered.
The driver was arrested for DUI, reckless driving, and evading police.
There are unconfirmed reports that the driver may have struck someone during the chase.
A person can be charged with felony reckless evading in California if you are attempted to elude a police officer and drive in a way that shows willful or wanton disregard for the safety of people or property. Oddly enough, one possible defense to this charge could lead to another charge in itself. The defense is that the person being charged was so drunk that they were unaware the officer was attempting to pull them over or that they were even being pursued. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the event, the charge may either be a felony or a misdemeanor.
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