Washington courts have stated that the criminal offense bans willfully failing to immediately stop in response to the signal to do so by law enforcement and driving in a reckless manner in an attempt to elude law enforcement. “Reckless manner” means a rash or heedless manner, with indifference to the consequences.
Like any felony offense in Washington, attempt to elude carries the potential for extremely serious consequences. A felony conviction threatens the possibility of disenfranchisement, loss of firearm rights, and mandatory DNA sampling. Attempting to elude, as a class C felony, carries a maximum sentence of:
The presumptive range will vary depending on an individual’s criminal history.
For a driver with no criminal history at all, the presumptive sentence range is:
A 12-month presumptive sentence enhancement is available if the prosecutor can prove that:
A conviction for this offense will also result in a one-year license revocation by the Department of Licensing.
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