Revisiting What NOT to Do When Pulled Over by the Police

You may have recently heard the story of a Wisconsin stepfather arrested for blocking an officer from puling over his stepdaughter while she drove under the influence of alcohol.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s office, a deputy spotted “two vehicles traveling unusually close together” around 3:15 a.m. However, the car in the rear kept blocking the deputy from pulling over the lead car.

It turned out the rear car’s driver was a stepfather trying to prevent his daughter in the lead car from being pulled over. She had been arrested hours earlier for drunk driving, and he had brought her back to her car to drive home.

This case stands as a stark reminder of what NOT to do when an officer attempts to pull you over. Others include:

  • Do NOT attempt to flee in your vehicle or on foot
  • Do NOT argue with the officer who pulled you over
  • Do NOT refuse to take a breath test; it will result in steeper penalties
  • Do NOT talk with the officer about where you have been, what you have had to drink, or where you are headed
  • Do NOT provide any statements without the advice of a defense lawyer

The bottom line is that you will not be able to outsmart the police, outrun the police, or talk your way out of the police arresting you for OWI. Your best course of action is to contact a lawyer as soon as possible and let them start building a solid defense against OWI charges or other traffic citations.