Fleeing from law enforcement in Pennsylvania often leads to additional charges. It also creates a dangerous environment on roadways as high-speed chases could also lead to the involvement of other citizens. In any case, if you make law enforcement chase you down, you can expect to see a list of charges against you, including the original reason why officers were trying to pull you over.
A 26-year-old man discovered the truth of this when he decided to lead officers on a high-speed chase in late August. Officers attempted to pull him over for not stopping at a stop sign. A simple road stop soon became a huge ordeal for officers and the suspect.
The pursuit took place on Route 405. Law enforcement did deploy road spikes, but the suspect was able to continue on despite flat tires. He did strike two cruisers during the event. Upon forcibly removing the man from his car, law enforcement discovered he was intoxicated.
In court, the man plead guilty to a felony charge for fleeing or attempting to elude an officer and two misdemeanor charges for resisting arrest and reckless endangerment. He also received a charge for driving under the influence. The court handed down a sentence of three to 18 months in the county jail minus one day with 115 days of credit and work release authorization for the fleeing charge. He also got 12 months of probation, 30 to 60 days in county jail, 100 hours of community service for the other charges.
In the end, he could have saved himself a lot of trouble by not fleeing because the DUI charge resulted in the least amount of punishment.