A Massachusetts man who allegedly lost control of his vehicle on the night of May 14 and then attempted to elude police officers has been charged with drunk driving. In addition to the DUI charge, the man faces counts of leaving the scene of an accident, operating a motor vehicle in a negligent manner, failing to pull over when ordered to do so by police and ignoring lane markings. He has also been cited for speeding. After being taken into custody by officers from the Chicopee Police Department, the 52-year-old Ludlow resident was transported to the Hampden County Correctional Center for processing.
Officers investigate sound of screeching tires
The chain of events began at approximately 10:45 p.m. when CPD officers who had responded to an earlier disturbance call say they heard the sounds of an engine being revved and tires screeching near Memorial Drive. When they looked over at the source of the noise, they claim to have seen a Jeep SUV on a patch of grass near a restaurant parking lot that appeared to be perched on top of a utility pole. This prompted the officers to activate their emergency lights and investigate further.
Routine investigation leads to high-speed chase
Instead of pulling over, the Jeep allegedly left the parking lot at a high rate of speed. The ensuing chase was a short one, and it ended when the SUV pulled over. When they approached the Jeep, officers say that they detected the odor of alcohol. They also claim that the man behind the wheel spoke incoherently and had difficulty maintaining his balance. The man is said to have told officers that he was attempting to make a U-turn when he struck the light pole.
Suspects should resist the urge to flee
The impulse to escape can be strong when a police car switches its lights on, but giving in to this urge will usually result in more serious charges and harsher penalties. Attempts to elude law enforcement could also make obtaining a favorable plea agreement more challenging. If you are signaled to pull over and worry that doing so could lead to a drunk driving charge, an experienced criminal defense attorney may advise you to follow the orders given by police officers, remain courteous and ask for a lawyer.