When a Traffic Ticket Becomes a Felony Evasion Charge

Talk about dumb criminals. In Houston this weekend, Independence Day weekend, a man was arrested and charged by the Houston Police Department for felony evading arrest. The situation, as I have come to understand it, is based on nothing more than a poor individual making a poor decision.

HOUSTON – Houston police said a man who was not drunk led officers on a chase because he was afraid of getting a DWI charge.
The chase happened late Tuesday on Harwin at Rogerdale. An officer tried to stop a white car for a traffic violation, but the suspect refused to pull over. He led police northbound on Beltway 8 to Richmond where he finally stopped.

Police said the car was not stolen, and the driver had no warrants.

The man allegedly told officers he had a couple of drinks, so he was afraid of getting arrested. Officers said the man was sober, however. He now faces a felony evading charge.  Source

Basically what had happened was a gentleman had had a few drinks, took to the roads in his car, made a minor traffic violation which spurred the attention of the Houston Police Department, after which the Houston Police Department attempted to conduct a routine traffic stop to issue a traffic citation, resulting in the driver panicking and evading arrest.

What would have been a minor traffic violation, or, at worst, a first-time misdemeanor DWI offense, is now a felony criminal offense set for hearing at the Harris County criminal court in downtown Houston on Franklin Street.

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