Fleeing the law is not an uncommon sight in Florida. In fact, earlier in September, a Florida based man was caught in the act of trying to flee law enforcement officers in a golf cart.
A cart was stolen from the Palm City gas station by four people, all of whom fled the scene on foot after bailing from the stolen cart. Officials report that the group had previously stolen a number of golf carts.
Fleeing and Eluding Statutes in Florida
What is Fleeing Law Enforcement?
According to Florida statutes, fleeing and/or eluding is a criminal act if a driver had knowledge that they needed to stop their vehicle and refused to do so. The offense includes three main elements:
In addition to the above offenses, Florida law also contains several sub-types of fleeing and eluding that are considered aggravated offenses.
Penalties for Fleeing and Eluding Law Enforcement
The penalty involved in fleeing a crime scene or disobeying an order made by a law enforcement officer is likely to vary based on the type of crime committed. The punishment may include any combination of the following penalties:
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