A Stillwater woman was arrested in Norman Tuesday after attempting to flee police after a traffic stop. As she sped away, she crashed the vehicle, which had an infant inside. Reports say the baby was uninjured but was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.
The scene unfolded before noon on Tuesday when Norman police conducted an apparently routine traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle allegedly gave police false identification, but was soon identified as Bethany Shores, 24--a woman with an outstanding warrant from Logan County.
Shores is wanted in Logan County on multiple drug charges, including two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled dangerous drug and one count each of unlawful possession of a controlled drug within 10,000 feet of a school, maintaining a house where drugs are kept, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The bench warrant for her arrest was issued in early November 2013 after Shores failed to appear for a court date.
When the Norman police officer identified the driver as Bethany Shores, the woman fled, attempting to evade arrest. She led police on a brief chase before failing to negotiate a turn, crashing and rolling the vehicle onto its side. Shores was arrested and booked into the Cleveland County jail on complaints of driving under suspension, attempting to elude a police officer, obstruction, outstanding warrant, and child endangerment.
If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, attempting to flee or evade police is never the best option. Certainly, you may be scared and worried about what your arrest might mean, particularly if the charges you face are serious. However, when you fail to appear in court or otherwise attempt to evade arrest, you are typically living on borrowed time. Your arrest could come at any time.
The simplest traffic violation could lead to your detection and arrest, and if you attempt to elude police by fleeing the traffic stop, you will only pile additional charges onto the ones you currently face. Rather than trying to hide or to run, your best option is to go directly to your attorney who can negotiate the most favorable circumstances for your surrender.
Your cooperation will do you more favors in your case than would breaking more laws in an attempt to avoid arrest. To find out how a failure to appear can lead to a bench warrant for your arrest, or for help dealing with outstanding warrants, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help you make the right choices in handling your case.