If a Missouri police officer makes a traffic stop, the driver in question is not free to leave the scene unless and until the officer gives permission. It is often difficult to predict what the ultimate outcome of a traffic stop might be. Some are brief incidents that include a mere warning to slow down or to get a brake light fixed. Other stops escalate into something more, sometimes leading to an arrest and a need for criminal defense. Under no circumstances, though, should a detained individual flee the scene.
A 31-year-old man was traveling on Highway 5 when a police officer initiated a traffic stop. The officer reportedly ran a computer check, which indicated that the man in question was wanted for a felony crime. At some point, the driver allegedly took off running, and the police officer chased him on foot.
An arrest occurred later
The police officer eventually caught up to the individual. The man was taken into custody shortly before 11 p.m. and is now facing numerous criminal charges. In addition to charges for operating a vehicle emitting excessive noise, the accused is also accused of felony resisting arrest, a seatbelt violation and several other crimes.
It is logical to assume that fleeing the scene may worsen a person’s legal problems because a prosecutor can use the information against an accused individual if the case goes to trial. No matter how hopeless a particular case might seem, there are always criminal defense options available. To maximize the chances of obtaining a positive outcome, it is always best to seek legal guidance before proceedings begin.