HB0241 - Eluding a peace officer-penalty.



State of Wyoming








Eluding a peace officer-penalty.


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 1  AN ACT relating to motor vehicles; modifying elements of
 2  the offense of eluding a police officer and providing
 3  penalties; and providing for an effective date.


 5  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Wyoming:


 7         Section 1.  W.S. 31-5-225 is amended to read:


 9         31-5-225.  Fleeing or attempting to elude police
10  officers; penalty.


12         (a)  Any driver of a motor vehicle who willfully fails
13  or refuses to bring his vehicle to a stop in compliance
14  with a signal by a police officer, or who otherwise flees
15  or attempts to elude a pursuing marked police vehicle, when

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 1  given visual or audible is guilty of eluding a police
 2  officer, provided:


 4              (i)  The signal to bring the vehicle to a stop,
 5  is guilty of a misdemeanor. The signal given by the police
 6  officer may be by hand, voice, emergency light or and
 7  siren;.


 9              (ii)  The officer giving the signal shall be is
10  in uniform, prominently displaying his badge of office;,
11  and his


13              (iii)  The officer's vehicle shall be is
14  appropriately marked showing it to be an official police
15  vehicle.


17         (b)  Every person convicted of fleeing or attempting
18  to elude Except as provided in subsection (c) of this
19  section, eluding a police officer shall be punished is a
20  misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than seven
21  hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), or by imprisonment for not
22  more than ninety (90) days six (6) months, or both.



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 1         (c)  Eluding a police officer is a felony punishable
 2  by a fine of notmore than five thousand dollars
 3  ($5,000.00), imprisonment for not less than one (1) year
 4  nor more than three (3) years, or both, if in the course of
 5  fleeing or eluding a police officer the persondrives his
 6  vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of
 7  persons or property.


 9         (d)  In addition to any other penalty provided
10  under subsection (b) or (c) of this section the driver's
11  license of a person convicted under this section shall be
12  revoked pursuant to W.S. 31-7-127(a)(i).


14         Section 2.  This act is effective July 1, 2001.


16                         (END)


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