Drivers who realize they may be drunk often attempt to escape when they spot a police car. Such efforts are often unsuccessful, and they can lead to more serious criminal charges. An episode in Melbourne illustrates both points.

About 8:00 p.m., police in Melbourne received calls about a reckless driver on U.S. 1 near its intersection with New Haven Avenue. When officers attempted to stop the driver, witnesses said the driver, a female, would slow down and then speed up. According to police dash cam footage, the woman drove fast and slow on U.S. 1. The vehicle slowed several times as if to stop, only to resume speeding. Police used their lights and sirens in an effort to end the chase.

Finally, the woman pulled over and was arrested. As police were making the arrest, one of them spotted a knife in the center console. Several of the officers allegedly saw the driver reaching toward the console at various times during the chase. Police also say their data base revealed that a felony warrant was issued in May 2018 charging the woman with heroin possession. According to police, the woman did not appear in court to respond to the warrant. After arresting the woman, police took her to the Brevard County Jail, where she was charged with DUI, aggravated fleeing police, leaving a wreck with property damage, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

The suspect in this case is facing several serious criminal charges. If she were to be convicted, she would face incarceration, loss of driving privileges and a significant fine. Anyone who is facing similar charges may wish to consider consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a helpful evaluation of the law and evidence in the case, suggest possible defense strategies and, if the circumstances warrant, attempt to negotiate a favorable plea agreement.