A Wisconsin man faces felony charges after police allege he tried to run away from an officer during a traffic stop. He was pulled over near Ann Arbor for suspected drunk driving. Police did not explain what caused them to pull the man over. After the Wisconsin man stopped his car, a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy conducted field sobriety tests. According to police, when the officer tried to arrest the 32-year-old driver for drunk driving, he got into his car and drove away.
Authorities say the sheriff’s deputy chased the man into Grass Lake Township until he drove into a ditch. Police claim the driver then tried to run from them, but they were able to catch him. No information was released as to whether the driver was injured in the incident.
He was placed under arrest and taken to Jackson County Jail. Police charged him with drunk driving, resisting arrest and obstructing justice. He also faces felony fleeing and eluding charges for his alleged attempts to run from officers. Police did not say whether a court date has been set for the driver or if he would be released on bond.
While the man faces serious charges, he is considered innocent until proven guilty. In a situation like this, all aspects of the incident, such as the sobriety tests and the police chase, have to be considered to make sure the man’s rights were protected. A strong defense from a qualified attorney in Michigan can bring a better outcome to a difficult situation.
This incident is merely an example of what can happen in a DUI arrest. Please note that I do not practice in Jackson County.
Source: WLNS, “Drunk Driving Suspect Takes Off, Crashes Into Ditch,” Sept. 5, 2011