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Pittsburgh Criminal Defense: Fleeing Police Leads to More Trouble

Pittsburgh Criminal Defense: Fleeing Police Leads to More Trouble


Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys know that in most cases, fleeing from the police is not a good course of action, even when you're facing serious Pittsburgh criminal charges.

The reasons are many, but the first of which is that you aren't likely to get away with it. Law enforcement has beefed up technology and resources in recent years, and with the advent of tracking devices, numerous surveillance cameras, helicopters and advances in communications, they're probably going to find you, even if you manage to evade them initially.

Secondly, when you flee from police, that is considered a crime in and of itself. Under Pennsylvania Statute 3733, you can be found guilty of either a third-degree felony or a second-degree misdemeanor any time you intentionally refuse or fail to bring your car to a complete stop when an officer is instructing you to do so or if you otherwise take off when an officer has ordered you to stop.

That is all assuming you haven't endangered anyone else in the process of your fleeing. Typically, if you're in a motor vehicle, police will add additional charges for potentially putting others at risk, even if no one was actually hurt.

That's what happened to a 44-year-old man who was recently arrested after police allege he led them on a chase that topped speeds of up to 100 miles-per-hour, weaving through traffic in Brighton Heights.

He is charged with reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, fleeing police, driving without a license and a number of other traffic offenses.

Police told news agencies that an officer saw the man pull into an area that is well known for drug trafficking. It was about 2:30 a.m. The suspect stopped momentarily before leaving.

The officer then got behind the suspect and followed him, watching as he allegedly went passed a stop sign without stopping.

When the officer attempted to pull him over, he sped over the bridge and into Pittsburgh. He reportedly sped up to 100 mph on Route 65.

The first officer lost a visual on him, but he alerted other officers to be on the lookout for the suspect.

Police ended up tracking him down using the license plate on the vehicle he was driving, which belonged to his mother. Officers found him at her home a short time later and arrested him.