Pablo Santiago, age 21, was arrested recently by Carlsbad police after trying to get away from them by running. Santiago was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs when an officer spotted him driving erratically on the streets of Carlsbad. The officer attempted to pull Santiago over but Santiago sped away. According to the report by San Diego 10 News, Santiago later stopped the car, exited, and began to run on foot. Officers pursued him and finally caught him after he had fallen into a swimming pool and left them a water trail to track him down. Santiago is on parole and now faces the following charges in connection with this incident: suspicion of auto theft, possession of stolen property, evading officers, driving under the influence of drugs and violating parole.
Evading law enforcement in the state of California is a serious offense often connected with other serious charges like driving under the influence, as in the case above. Evading charges can be either a misdemeanor or felony. If other people were endangered due to the evasion, often the prosecutors will push for a felony evading charge. Potential consequences of a conviction include jail time, suspension of driver’s license, and substantial fines or probation.
If you or a loved one has been charged with multiple crimes like evading police and DUI, it is vital that you contact an experienced San Diego Criminal Defense attorney as soon as possible. An experienced and knowledgeable San Diego Criminal Defense attorney can start investigating the facts of your case right away to look for opportunities for dismissals or reductions to your criminal charges. At Wallin and Klarich, our San Diego Criminal Defense attorneys have expertise in all areas of criminal defense in order to provide you with the best legal counsel and advice. Contact us today.