Driving recklessly while trying to evade police is charged as Vehicular Eluding in Denver, Arapahoe, and Douglas County, Colorado. A Denver man was recently sentenced for Vehicular Eluding, Child Abuse, and Assault after he hit a school bus while trying to avoid capture from police. According to the news, the man was being pursued by police and ran a stop sign, hitting a school bus with children inside. The man plead guilty to Vehicular Eluding, Child Abuse, and 8 counts of Third Degree Assault and was sentenced to prison.
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Adams County Vehicular Eluding Lawyer: Definition of Vehicular Eluding in Jefferson County
The Adams and Jefferson County, Colorado law definition of Vehicular Eluding – C.R.S. 18-9-116.5 – is:
“Any person who, while operating a motor vehicle, knowingly eludes or attempts to elude a peace officer also operating a motor vehicle, and who knows or reasonably should know that he or she is being pursued by said peace officer, and who operates his or her vehicle in a reckless manner, commits vehicular eluding.”
The man, while trying to get away from the police, ran a stop sign, which would be considered driving in a reckless manner. His actions meet the criteria of the Vehicular Eluding statute.
Sentence for Vehicular Eluding Resulting in Bodily Injury in Arapahoe County: Crashing into a School Bus
When the Vehicular Eluding results in bodily injury in Aurora or Arapahoe County, then it is charged as a class 4 felony. Class 4 felony Vehicular Eluding is punishable by 2 to 6 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Based on the news report, the man received the maximum sentence of 6 years for the Vehicular Eluding conviction, along with 10 years for the Child Abuse conviction and 2 years for each of the 8 Third Degree Assault convictions. Because of the injuries to the children, the case was aggravated and the man will spend quite a few years in DOC.
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