When a person becomes involved in a traffic stop, he or she may feel somewhat intimidated by the process. However, attempting to evade the situation altogether is never advisable, and may only lead to additional charges should an investigation follow. A man has recently been accused of drunk driving after allegedly jumping into a pond of cold water to evade authorities in West Virginia.
Authorities claim the incident took place on a recent Sunday after they received reports of a possible stolen vehicle from a nearby dealership. Upon locating the vehicle, they assert the driver was exhibiting reckless behavior and they proceeded to initiate a pursuit. After stopping in a nearby parking lot, they claim the man attempted to flee on foot, and jumped into a nearby body of water shortly thereafter.
Police pulled the man from the water and he was subsequently taken to a hospital for treatment for hypothermia. Police also assert that after being rescued, the man admitted to using methamphetamine prior to driving. After being released from the hospital, he was taken into custody and accused of multiple offenses, including driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license.
Individuals who are accused of drunk driving may find the subsequent process somewhat overwhelming, and they may be unsure how to proceed. Those who face similar charges could benefit from the guidance of a defense attorney for advice on how to protect their legal rights throughout the process. An attorney can also assist a client in West Virginia in forming a strong defense, and should a conviction be unavoidable, assist him or her in pursuing a lesser sentence during legal proceedings.
Source: herald-dispatch.com, "Police blotter: Man from Ohio jumps into freezing river to avoid police", Bishop Nash, Jan. 16, 2018