After leading police on a high-speed chase on a freeway, a suspected drunk driver was arrested early on October 20, 2009.

An officer tried to pull over a 30-year-old driver in a Ford Explorer at about 2:20 a.m. for a traffic violation at West Mission Avenue and North Escondido Boulevard.  He sped away, and the patrol car followed using lights and sirens.  At one point, the driver did pull over only to speed off again after the officer approached the sport-utility vehicle.

The vehicle hit speeds of about 100 mph, and our car accident lawyers in San Diego know this is a double-edged sword.  Not only is the driver putting himself at risk for a horrible car accident, but he’s also putting the police officer at risk as well as other drivers on the road because of the speeding involved during a high-speed police chase.

The DUI suspect had two previous DUI convictions and was taken to a jail in Vista.  His charges include suspicion of felony DUI, felony evading, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.

A DUI is a serious offense, and in some cases, suspected drunk-drivers may choose to try to run from law enforcement officials to avoid punishment.  Honestly, is putting someone else’s life at risk worth a punishment you should just accept, anyway because of the risk of a drunk-driving accident?

If you are out and have drinks, never get behind the wheel and think you can drive.  Call a cab.  Call a friend.  Never let your irresponsibility cause a call to 9-1-1 because someone has been injured by your mistake.  Together, as a neighborhood and as a community, we can all do our part to prevent drunk driving from taking the lives of our loved ones.

Our Escondido accident lawyers know the dangers of drinking and driving.  Organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Students Against Drunk Driving and Alcoholics Anonymous carry those same messages.  If so many entities continue to say what a bad idea it is, why do people still do it?

Please contact us for a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney — we speak both English and Spanish — at (800) 655-6585.   Click here and you may also submit your case for a Free Review.  No fee if no recovery.