From a DUI Stop to a Stolen Police Car
After being pulled over for suspicion of DUI, a man decided his best option for escape wasn’t the allegedly stolen U-Haul vehicle he was driving, but the police car that had pulled him over for the possible infraction. According to an article, the main reason police did in fact pull the man over was because he left the scene after apparently striking another automobile, although the man claimed that he didn’t know he had hit another vehicle. Consequently, law enforcement determined that they could smell alcohol on the man’s breath upon closer examination. The man was then handcuffed and finally placed in the backseat of a police cruiser.
So how did the suspect end up in the driver’s seat? In the report, one officer speculates that the man “was able to slip the handcuffs under his buttocks, get the window open and crawl through it…it can be done.” Police believe the man managed to pull off this impressive feat all while the on-scene officers checked on the passenger in the U-Haul. The man managed to successfully escape and remains at large.
While police continue their hunt throughout Atlanta to locate the man, this incident serves as a good example of what not to do when pulled over for a traffic violation of any kind, especially one relating to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Just because you are arrested for suspicion of DUI does not mean that you are guilty.
Although a person charged with drunk driving may feel intimidated, scared, or upset at the time of arrest, it is important to remember that how you behave throughout your detainment can greatly influence the charges held against you in court, thus affecting your sentence and the consequences, if convicted.
If you have recently been charged with DUI in Georgia, skilled Atlanta DUI attorneys have the legal experience and knowledge in criminal defense to assist you with your case. They have defended the rights of many people accused of drunk driving and have acquired a broad knowledge and understanding of the Atlanta court system that will be key in building a strong and effective defense.