Fleeing the police may endanger the lives of other drivers and pedestrians. It will also land the suspect in trouble with the law. Recently, a man from Coweta County was facing charges after a police chase.
The Newnan Times-Herald reported 32-year-old Lionell Devoris Daniel tried to escape from Newnan police in his car and then on foot.
He was apprehended and charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, two counts of striking a fixed object, driving while license is suspended, failure to maintain lane, defective equipment, and a stop sign violation.
The Times-Herald report noted Daniel was driving his Cadillac down Savannah Street in February when a Newnan Police officer tried to make a traffic stop for having no working brake lights, according to Lt. Eddie Attaway of the Newnan Police Department.
The suspect put his foot on the gas and a chase ensued. Attaway said the suspect failed to negotiate a curve between Robinson and Reynolds Streets. The Cadillac left the roadway, smashed into a home, kept on through the front yard and hit a curb on the other side of the road.
The media report stated Daniel allegedly jumped out of a car and attempted to run from officers. He was apprehended behind a home on Reynolds Street.
Police said the house hit by Daniel’s car only sustained minimal damage. No one was home during the incident.
Police chases can be very dangerous scenarios. Recently, a 2007 study in the journal Prehospital Emergency Care, found that these crashes claim about 323 lives each year in the United States. The figure is more than the number of people killed by tornadoes, floods, lightning, and hurricanes combined. The report raised questions about when police should give chase to suspects. In instances, fatal crashes or wrecks with serious injuries were caused when a police officer attempted to stop a suspect for a minor traffic infraction. Ambulances and fire trucks are also linked to deadly wrecks in Georgia.
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