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Attempting to Elude

Attempting to Elude Pursuing Police Vehicle

A driver who willfully fails to stop and who drives in a wanton or willful disregard for the lives of other while attempting to elude a police vehicle is guilty of a class C felony. DOL will suspend your license upon conviction. However, depending on the facts, a jury or judge can find a person guilty of a misdemeanor charge of failing to obey a police officer instead of felony eluding. It is a misdemeanor offense if a driver refuses or neglects to stop when signaled by a police officer. 

RCW 46.61.024.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.