On Monday evening, December 22, Colorado resident Katrina Box was driving with a male passenger, Anthony Mike, when law enforcement officers pulled her vehicle over. Though Box was driving the car at the time of the traffic stop, the bizarre incident resulted in DUI and other criminal charges for both of them.
While Box was undergoing field sobriety tests in the parking lot, Mike allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat of the car and started driving. He circled the parking lot four times and police believe he was trying to get Box to get into the vehicle. When she did not get in the car, Mike drove off, inciting a police car chase. Mike allegedly ran several red lights, was speeding, and driving in a “reckless” manner, according to police. The chase ended when Mike collided into the side of a police car, though no one was injured.
While the chase ensued, Box also allegedly tried to run away from law enforcement officers in the parking lot and officers claim she tried to fight them. Eventually, both individuals were placed under arrest on suspicion of DUI and other charges, and officers reported finding open containers of alcoholic beverages in the car.
They May Face Serious Consequences
After the incident, both individuals are facing a number of charges. Anthony Mike is facing charges of the following offenses:
- Driving under the influence;
- Failing to stop when a law enforcement officer commands;
- Resisting arrest;
- Reckless driving; and
- Running a red light.
Box was arrested on suspicion of the following offenses:
- Driving under the influence;
- Interfering with an arrest;
- Disorderly conduct; and
- Having an open container in a car while driving.
This situation goes to show how quickly a law enforcement stop can escalate into a serious situation involving multiple criminal charges. Had Box opted to not try to run away or resist arrest, she may be facing DUI charges (depending on her sobriety test results), but likely would not be facing any other charges. Had Mike simply remained quiet in the passenger seat, he likely would not be facing any charges at all. Instead, he is facing conviction of serious misdemeanor and even felony offenses.
During a traffic stop, you do have the right to refuse breath tests or field sobriety tests. However, you should always do so in a cooperative manner to avoid any additional trouble from police. Instead, you should call an attorney as soon as possible who can communicate with the police and advise you on how to proceed.
Contact an Experienced Denver DUI Defense Lawyer as Soon as Possible
If you are facing DUI or other related charges, it is imperative that you call an experienced DUI defense attorney for assistance as soon as possible. An attorney will be able to identify defenses available in your case, can help you get your charges reduced, or limit the penalties you face by negotiating with the prosecutor or judge. It is never wise to attempt to handle a DUI case on your own and the sooner you consult with a lawyer the better. Call the Tiftickjian Law Firm at 303-DUI-5280 for assistance today.