This weekend saw a teenage DUI suspect arrested after a traffic stop. According to reports, an officer spotted the vehicle near Avenue R-4 in Palmdale. After running a check on the license plate which indicated that the vehicle was stolen, the officer conducted a traffic stop.
The driver failed to stop and instead led police on a 15-minute chase through Palmdale which finally ended after police used spike strips to disable the vehicle. Once the car was stopped, the driver continued to refuse to cooperate with the police, so pepper balls were fired into the vehicle. Eventually, four suspects were taken into custody.
California has two separate laws directed at underage DUI offenders: California Vehicle Code 23136 – the “zero tolerance” for a BAC of > or equal to .01% and California Vehicle Code 23140 – underage driving with a BAC of .05% or higher.
Both laws apply to underage drivers, and both can result in a 1-year suspension of driving privileges. Additionally, both laws apply even if an underage driver’s ability to drive isn’t impaired by the consumption of alcohol.
As previously mentioned, both laws can result in the suspension of a defendant’s driving privileges. However, in the case above, the driver also failed to heed commands given by law enforcement, choosing to try and evade police instead. As a result, it’s likely that the driver will face charges of evading police.