Some of you “Dear Readers” are locals, so you’ve survived driving I-4. For those of you visiting Orlando and driving I-4 for the first time, your passengers will be exclaiming “Did you see that?” several times per mile. Yes, I-4 is the most dangerous road in the United States. It’s official, Google it. Unfortunately, I drive the most dangerous road in America at least twice a day.
It should be no surprise that America’s Most Dangerous Highway also contains its most insane drivers. I try not to get too angry at these folks, as they’re going to need my help defending the three most common reasons for insane driving: (1) drunk driving, (2) reckless driving, or (3) a fleeing charge. Fleeing and attempting to elude is often the most serious of these three crazy driving scenarios. Fleeing the cops is never a good idea, as no one can “out run a dispatch radio”.
Many a rap song has advised against fleeing. Yes, rap music contains wisdom. I’ve verified this. When it comes to fleeing charges, Pharrell Williams and Snoop imparted this wisdom upon the masses back in 2004: “when the pigs try to get at you, park it like it’s hot, park it like it’s hot, park it like it’s hot.” You would think that after repeating this three times, it must be true. Things that rhyme are more true than those that don’t, right? If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit.
For those of you who panic and flee the cops, how can you beat the rap? (bad pun, I know)
Today’s real life example of an aggravated fleeing charge comes to us in Canidate v. State, 2018 Fla. App. LEXIS 2268 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018). To give you an idea of how serious a fleeing and attempting to elude charge really is, Canidate lost his jury trial and was sentenced to five years in prison. Here’s what happened: Continue Reading