It is important for Texans, when stopped by law enforcement on the highways, to remain calm, cooperative and quiet. Officers may pull drivers over for suspected traffic violations. Acting hostile or outright driving away from the traffic stop may result in further charges and more invasive searches.
As the New York Post reports, a stop over a traffic violation devolved into a chase before becoming a drug bust.
Operation Lone Star enforcement
Law enforcement cooperated with air support to pursue an evading driver after a traffic stop turned into a chase. After an alleged sideswipe of a US Border Patrol unit, police arrested an 18-year-old for marijuana possession. They found 10 bundles of marijuana weighing around 240 lbs.
Traffic stops in the Lone Star State
When law enforcement pulls anyone over in Texas, there must be a reasonable cause. A driver’s objective during a traffic stop is to cooperate, be polite and say as little as possible. An officer may attempt to ask questions about a driver’s sobriety or destination. No driver has to respond to these.
Drivers should meet certain demands from law enforcement, like showing a license and registration. Texas implied consent laws risk drivers of their licenses if they refuse a breathalyzer test on the road.
However, saying too much may about anything may result in allegations or even an arrest.
This news report does not go into any other charges involved, such as the alleged sideswiping or whether the 18-year-old driver had a license or not. There is just the drug charge. Drug charges are devastating to a person’s future. Defending against them is possible with prompt action.