Maine Revised Statutes

§2414. Refusing to stop for a law enforcement officer

1. Definitions.  As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
A. "Roadblock" means a vehicle, a physical barrier or other obstruction placed on a way at the direction of a law enforcement officer. [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
B. "Signal" includes, but is not limited to, the use of a hand signal, siren or flashing emergency lights. [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
2. Failure to stop.  A person commits a Class E crime if that person fails or refuses to stop a motor vehicle on request or signal of a uniformed law enforcement officer.
[ 1995, c. 65, Pt. A, §153 (AFF); 1995, c. 65, Pt. C, §12 (AMD); 1995, c. 65, Pt. C, §15 (AFF) .]
3. Eluding an officer.  A person commits a Class C crime if that person, after being requested or signaled to stop, attempts to elude a law enforcement officer by operating a motor vehicle at a reckless rate of speed that results in a high-speed chase between the operator's motor vehicle and a law enforcement vehicle using a blue light and siren.
[ 1995, c. 65, Pt. A, §153 (AFF); 1995, c. 65, Pt. C, §12 (AMD); 1995, c. 65, Pt. C, §15 (AFF) .]
4. Passing a roadblock.  A person commits a Class C crime if the person, without authorization, operates or attempts to operate a motor vehicle past a clearly identifiable police roadblock.
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
5. High-speed chase policies.  All state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies must adopt written policies on high-speed chases.
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
6. Aggravating factor; eluding an officer.  A person commits a Class B crime if that person attempts to elude a law enforcement officer and another person suffers serious bodily injury, as defined in Title 17-A, section 2, subsection 23, as a result.
[ 2003, c. 452, Pt. Q, §86 (AMD); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
7. Aggravating factor; passing roadblock.  A person commits a Class B crime if that person passes or attempts to pass a roadblock and another person suffers serious bodily injury, as defined in Title 17-A, section 2, subsection 23, as a result.
[ 2003, c. 452, Pt. Q, §87 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1993, c. 683, §A2 (NEW). 1993, c. 683, §B5 (AFF). 1995, c. 65, §C12 (AMD). 1995, c. 65, §§A153,C15 (AFF). 2003, c. 452, §§Q86,87 (AMD). 2003, c. 452, §Q87 (AMD). 2003, c. 452, §X2 (AFF).

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