Virginia Beach Eluding Officer Attorneys Statutes Endanger Code 46.2-817(B)
Stephen v. Commonwealth
Defendant appealed a judgment of the Circuit Court of Virginia Beach, which was entered after a jury convicted defendant for feloniously eluding a police officer under Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-817(B). The trial court denied a post-trial motion to dismiss on grounds of double jeopardy and Va. Code Ann. § 19.2-294.
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The Virginia Court made the following holding:
- Va. Code Ann. § 19.2-294 provides in part that if the same act be a violation of two or more statutes, conviction under one of such statutes shall be a bar to a prosecution or proceeding under the other or others. This statute prohibits multiple convictions for separate offenses arising out of the same act if the convictions are obtained in successive, as opposed to simultaneous, prosecutions.
- When prosecuting a defendant for violating Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-817(B), the Commonwealth has to establish that (1) the defendant received a visible or audible signal to stop his motor vehicle from a law enforcement officer; (2) the defendant drove his motor vehicle in a willful and wanton disregard of such signal; and (3) the defendant drove in a manner so as to interfere with or endanger the officer’s vehicle or endanger a person.
- In explaining the endangerment of persons element of Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-817(B), the Court of Appeals of Virginia has explained: With respect to the endangerment of persons sufficient to constitute a felonious violation of § 46.2-817(B), a manifest purpose of the statute is to protect the public against a driver eluding police so as to endanger a person. Hence, conduct that raises the specter of endangerment is the evil contemplated and proscribed by the statute. To require the threat to be imminent would engraft an element to the offense, thereby permitting the dangerous operation of motor vehicles until a person is actually imperiled, an absurd result that subverts the salutary purposes of the statute.
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