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Maryland court sentences man to 7 years for DUI, other crimes

It is said that it does not pay to run from the police. One man found this out the hard way after being sentenced to spend seven years in a Maryland prison. He was convicted of DUI and other charges after pleading guilty prior to his sentencing hearing. The charges stem from an incident that took place back on April 19.

A Taneytown police officer attempted to pull the man over, but the man reportedly refused to stop. He led police on a chase through both Carroll and Frederick counties before his vehicle was finally stopped. During the chase, the driver apparently slammed into the patrol car of a Maryland State Police trooper.

At his sentencing, the Pennsylvania man apologized for his behavior, acknowledging that what he did was unacceptable. This man's diminished capacity may have led him to flee from the police -- something he may never have done if he was not drinking on the day in question. People often make wrong choices after drinking too much alcohol. Indeed, decision-making processes and inhibitions are lowered. A person that would ordinarily not intend to break the law can more easily make mistakes while under the influence of alcohol.

Even people who find themselves under arrest for DUI may agree that driving under the influence can lead to serious, if not deadly, consequences. However, just because a person makes a mistake does not mean they deserve to spend the maximum amount of time in prison. When it appears that going to trial would not serve an accused individual's best interests, the consideration of a plea agreement may be in order.

Source: The Washington Post, Pa. man pleads guilty to DUI in 2-county police chase in Md., No author, Nov. 15, 2013

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