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Palatka Driver Avoids Prison on Fleeing Charge

A Palatka Police Department Officer observed a silver Nissan traveling through a parking lot on Reid Street and noticed that the tag light was completely out, preventing the officer from being able to read the tag. The officer then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle which pulled out onto Reid Street and then pulled in the McDonald’s parking lot before jumping the curb and getting onto Ida Street. The vehicle then made a right onto Peters Street and then a left onto Pine Street. The vehicle continued on Pine until making a left turn onto Catherine Street. The vehicle then drove into a wooded area and the driver exited the vehicle fleeing on foot. After a short foot pursuit, the driver was detained and arrested for fleeing and eluding, resisting without violence, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license.

The driver hired Meldon Law. The attorney at Meldon Law reviewed the discovery in the case then spoke with the prosecutor and presented mitigation on behalf of the driver. The attorney at Meldon Law was able to negotiate the plea offer down from 24 months prison to a probation sentence.

DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the clients’ cases and should not be used to form an expectation that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client’s case. (Date of Arrest: September 21, 2021).

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