A recent incident involving a Cleveland man illustrates the need to resist the urge to flee if you’re stopped by the police.
In March 2013, 42-year-old Cleveland resident Cory D. Locke was observed making a possible drug deal in Wickliffe. Law enforcement officers pursued Locke in a marked police car onto the freeway, where the police made a traffic stop.
After bringing his 2002 Honda Accord to a halt at the roadside, Locke then fled the scene in his car when the officers exited their vehicle. After a short chase, police withdrew out of concern for the public’s safety. While fleeing from law enforcement, Locke was observed throwing small bags from the window. Police later recovered the bags, which were found to contain heroin.
Locke was later arrested without incident near Arcade Avenue in Cleveland and arraigned in Willoughby Municipal Court on the felony counts of fleeing police and possession of heroin.
In this instance, a bad situation was made worse when the suspect fled the traffic stop. Felony charges of any kind are serious, including eluding law enforcement officers.
Be sure to keep these points in mind if the police stop you:
Pull over carefully. You have already been identified, and capture is certain.
Provide your license and registration on request. Politely refuse to answer any further questions.
Do not agree to allow the police to search your vehicle. If law enforcement officers are asking to, they already suspect what they might find. You do not need to make it easier for them.
If you’re arrested, go quietly and easily. Be polite, but do not initiate conversation. When you’re able to, phone a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible before your arraignment.