Motorcycle Rider Flees
A recent incident involving a Moses Lake man has resulted in extensive charges including attempting to elude a police vehicle, DUI and reckless driving after the man fled on a motorcycle when police tried to stop him. Officers witnessed the man driving recklessly and reaching speeds of 91 miles an hour before he ran a stop sign. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop; however, the man only stopped for a moment before fleeing the scene.
Once officers pulled the man over, he told them he did not see their flashing lights until he was in a residential neighborhood. Officers administered a field sobriety test which showed the rider had a blood alcohol content of 0.15, almost twice the legal limit. The motorcycle rider told officers he had consumed six beers and three shots of hard alcohol.
Motorcycles and DUI in California—A Bad Mix
Although motorcycles represent only 3 percent of the registered vehicles in the US, they account for 13 percent of fatalities. Statistically speaking, more motorcycle riders have high blood alcohol content percentages than any other motor vehicle driver, with 29 percent of fatal crashes involving motorcycles also involving a rider who is drinking. The California Highway Patrol reports males between the ages of 15 and 24 are more than likely to be involved in a fatal crash on a motorcycle due to unsafe speeds, improper turning, and driving under the influence.
California has what is called “implied consent law.” This means that, while you have the right to refuse any type of test that would help determine your blood alcohol content, refusal of those tests will also lead to an automatic arrest for suspicion of DUI and possible loss of your license.
California’s DUI laws include both criminal and administrative penalties. On the criminal side, those who are arrested for first-time DUI face a possible jail sentence that could range from 2 days to 6 months and fines that range from $390 to 1,000 dollars. The administrative side of the law mandates a four-month suspension of driving privileges, completion of a drug and alcohol course, installation of an ignition interlock device and mandatory SR22 insurance. The motorcycle rider in this case may be facing higher fines and more jail time due to his actions leading up to his arrest.
California laws are serious where DUIs are concerned. If you have been charged with a DUI, it is important to get immediate legal representation to protect your rights. You have a very small window of opportunity to avoid some of the worst penalties associated with DUI charges. The lawyers at the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento have years of experience in dealing with DUIs. Contact them today for a consultation.