Don't ever turn a bad situation worse. That was the lesson learned by a Mendocino County man in Aptos, Santa Cruz County. Jeffrey Scott King, of Potter Valley, was pulled over by the CHP. The officer conducted a driving under the influence (DUI) evaluation of him, and came to the opinion that Mr. King was under the influence of alcohol. When the officer tried to place him under arrest, Mr. King allegedly became uncooperative and physically resisted. The officer then used his Tazer to subdue Mr. King.
Not only was Mr. King charged with misdemeanor DUI, he was also charged with resisting arrest and battery on a police officer. Luckily for Mr. King, both of the additional charges are misdemeanors. If the level of resistance had been sufficient, the district attorney could have charged him with felony resisting an officer (Pen Code 69). In addition to the additional punishments associated with the added charges, Mr. King will also be responsible for paying for all of the officer's medical bills.
It is never
a good idea to fight the cops, even if you are in the right. They almost always have a greater ability to inflict pain than you do. It is better to comply with their orders, keep your mouth shut, and fight them later in court.
Category: DUI and DWI Laws For California
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