What Can Happen If You Don’t Stop When An Officer Tries To Pull You Over
There are many possible consequences for not stopping when an officer signals you to pull over. None of them are good.
One possible consequence is that a high-speed chase ensues when you fail to stop after being signaled by a law enforcement officer. The risks here include losing control of your automobile and hurting yourself and/or someone else, including the police officer. It is quite possible that an innocent bystander gets in the way, and you cannot avoid hitting them. Now charges that may have been relatively minor, such as a traffic violation, are major.
Ohio law on the topic of failure to comply with the order of signal of a police officer is clear:
- No person shall fail to comply with any lawful order or direction of any police officer invested with authority to direct, control, or regulate traffic.
- No person shall operate a motor vehicle so as willfully to elude or flee a police officer after receiving a visible or audible signal from a police officer to bring the person’s motor vehicle to a stop.
If you are fleeing a police officer, and your actions cause harm to someone or something, or you even create a substantial risk without harming anyone, you could be charged with a third degree felony.
The court will also consider the following factors to determine the seriousness of the fleeing and eluding charge:
- Duration of the pursuit;
- Distance of the pursuit;
- Rate of speed at which the offender operated the motor vehicle during the pursuit;
- Whether the offender failed to stop for traffic lights or stop signs during the pursuit;
- The number of traffic lights or stop signs for which the offender failed to stop during the pursuit;
- Whether the offender operated the motor vehicle during the pursuit without lighted lights during a time when lighted lights are required;
- Whether the offender committed a moving violation during the pursuit;
- The number of moving violations the offender committed during the pursuit;
- Any other relevant factors indicating that the offender’s conduct is more serious than conduct normally constituting the offense.
In addition to penalties for the felony violation, there is a mandatory class two driver’s license suspension, which is a three-year to life suspension. If this is a second fleeing and eluding offense, the suspension is a class one suspension, which means losing your driver’s license for life.
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