Man Bails Out of Moving Vehicle Charged with Aggravated DUI

On Sunday, thirty-two-year-old (32) Rick Hope Jr. was arrested and booked on suspicion of aggravated DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of burglary tools, possession of manipulation keys, criminal trespass and felony flight.  According to Gilbert Police, the incident occurred on Sunday at approximately 3:30 a.m. when Police began following Mr. Hope after he ran a red light in a Chevrolet Suburban.  Police attempted to stop Mr. Hope; however, he refused to pull over.  Instead, Mr. Hope turned off his vehicle’s headlights and continued driving until he eventually bailed out of the SUV.  The vehicle, which was later determined to be stolen, then crashed into a tree at Ray and Lindsay Road.  Gilbert Police chased Mr. Hope on foot and arrested him in the backyard of a home near 800 East Liberty Lane.  According to Maricopa County Superior Court records, Mr. Hope has previous convictions for drug paraphernalia, attempted credit card theft and theft.

Under Arizona law, a person may be charged with aggravated DUI under three different circumstances: (1) receiving a DUI while driving with a driver’s license that has been suspended, canceled, refused or revoked due to a previous DUI conviction, (2) receiving a third DUI within a period of seven (7) years, or (3) receiving a DUI while driving with a person under the age of fifteen (15) in the vehicle.  Depending on the nature of the offense, an aggravated DUI may be charged as a Class 4 or Class 6 Felony and will result in penalties such as jail time, fines, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, and three-year license revocation.

If you are facing Arizona DUI charges, contact a Phoenix DUI attorney at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.