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Chase leads to criminal charges and a “driving” dog

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2020 | Firm News |

DUIs and traffic violations may be one of the most common charges levied on people. These dings on a person’s record can stack up and make their lives harder for employment and other aspects. When one incident leads to multiple charges though, it can be devastating.

Local KIMA news brings us a story where every charge after the last makes the case stranger and stranger.

The high speed chase

Local authorities gave chase to a 51-year-old man who struck two vehicles around Seattle. The chase went from King County up to Snohomish after a Department of Transportation worker spotted the driver fleeing along the I-5. Law enforcement said the vehicle sped at 100 mph at the top of pursuit. Stranger still, after the pursuit ended around Kackman Road and Grandview Trail, law enforcement found the man’s pit bull in the driver’s seat.

The man informed authorities he was teaching his dog to drive. KIMA added that it was unclear if the dog will face charges in connection to the incident.

The aftermath

It is difficult to make up something like this, let alone know how to litigate around it. The man is being charged with reckless driving, hit-and-run, DUI and felony eluding.

While this blog does not constitute legal advice, a situation may worsen by fleeing law enforcement. Felony charges like that can exacerbate the sentencing in a guilty ruling.

There are still unknown details about how this case will turn out, or whether the dog in the driver’s seat complicates things. In cases like these, it may be prudent to seek out legal consultation to clear things up.