§108.1.  Flight from an officer; aggravated flight from an officer

A.  No driver of a motor vehicle or operator of a watercraft shall intentionally refuse to bring a vehicle or watercraft to a stop knowing that he has been given a visual and audible signal to stop by a police officer when the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the driver has committed an offense.  The signal shall be given by an emergency light and a siren on a vehicle marked as a police vehicle or marked police watercraft.

B.  Whoever commits the crime of flight from an officer shall be fined not less than one hundred fifty dollars, nor more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

C.  Aggravated flight from an officer is the intentional refusal of a driver to bring a vehicle to a stop or of an operator to bring a watercraft to a stop, under circumstances wherein human life is endangered, knowing that he has been given a visual and audible signal to stop by a police officer when the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the driver or operator has committed an offense.  The signal shall be given by an emergency light and a siren on a vehicle marked as a police vehicle or marked police watercraft.

D.  Circumstances wherein human life is endangered shall be any situation where the operator of the fleeing vehicle or watercraft commits at least two of the following acts:

(1)  Leaves the roadway or forces another vehicle to leave the roadway.

(2)  Collides with another vehicle or watercraft.

(3)  Exceeds the posted speed limit by at least twenty-five miles per hour.

(4)  Travels against the flow of traffic or in the case of watercraft, operates the watercraft in a careless manner in violation of  R.S. 34:851.4 or in a reckless manner in violation of R.S. 14:99.

(5)  Fails to obey a stop sign or a yield sign.

(6)  Fails to obey a traffic control signal device.

E.  Whoever commits aggravated flight from an officer shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not more than two years and may be fined not more than two thousand dollars.

F.  In addition to any other fine or penalty imposed pursuant to the provisions of this Section, the court may, in its discretion, order restitution as a part of the sentence.  If a person ordered to make restitution pursuant to this Section is found to be indigent and therefore unable to make restitution in full at the time of conviction, the court shall order a periodic payment plan consistent with the person’s financial ability.

Added by Acts 1981, No. 307, §1; Acts 1997, No. 865, §1; Acts 2008, No. 3, §1; Acts 2009, No. 6, §1; Acts 2010, No. 512, §1; Acts 2011, No. 264, §1.