In California, stopping when police pull you over, even if it may result in a DUI, is always better than attempting to flee. In fact, if you attempt to run, you may be on the hook for a charge known as “felony reckless evading” in addition to your DUI, especially if you drive at high speeds and ignore traffic stops and signs. The charge is a bit of a misnomer, as felony reckless evading can be either a felony or a misdemeanor.
In addition, if you happen to get into an accident that injures another person while driving under the influence, your DUI can be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony, and you may face other charges. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports on a suspected DUI that led police on a chase.
At about 2 p.m., a patrol officer stopped a motorist who was a suspect in a potential domestic disturbance in the parking lot of Southwest Village Apartments, located on South Virginia Street in Reno, Nevada.
After checking the plates, which did not belong to the vehicle, the officer ran the driver’s information, who identified herself as Lanayah Happy. The officer discovered that the driver had a felony warrant for robbery. There was a scuffle and the driver managed to get back into the car and pull away, striking the officer.
The suspect then attempted to strike another police vehicle trying to flee the area. She then led officers on a high-speed chase of about 60-65mph through a residential area. During the chase, Happy tried to run her car into at least two police cruisers and one police motorcycle.
The pursuit came to an end when Happy collided with an SUV. Happy was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center to treat minor injuries, where blood was drawn.
Police do believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the chase and the accident.
Happy is facing several serious charges, including two counts battery with a deadly weapon on a police officer, obstructing and resisting officers with a deadly weapon, felony eluding, suspicion of DUI or drugs. Happy also had two previous warrants.
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