Found this on another (US) forum. You decide as befits your moral compass. ----------------------------------------------- I'm a member of another motorcycle forum and this user posted this story about his experience. Summary: He ran from the cops, cop got into an accident, he turned himself in willingly despite being able to get away with it, is now paying big bucks. This guy has serious moral character and if you take the time to read the whole story, you'll understand what I mean. I've never met this guy and I don't even talk with him on the forum directly but I have to say that he is one of the top 10 people I have the most respect for in my life. Long Story in his words: I made a mistake, and I manned up because of the circumstances. An officer crashed his car trying to catch me on my bike, and was fortunately unhurt. I turned myself in at the encouragement of my family. That's right. I caught myself. Not the police. I think the unmarked Crown Victoria is about $12,000 or so, and the telephone pole is almost $5000. Wasted another $5000 on the best legal representation possible, which as I said, was a total waste. That alone should be reason enough for you guys to be deterred from making the mistake I made, but if that's not enough, here's a reality check: what would have happened if someone had been hurt or even killed? It doesn't matter whether it would have been me that would have hurt or killed someone, or if the officer had been the one to hit a car head on and kill a family of four or himself for that matter... Had something unthinkable happened, I'd be responsible for it. You'd be responsible for it if you make that mistake. Not only would you ever be able to look at yourself in the mirror without thinking of how you impacted someones family, but you'd never see the light of day again. Not from outside of some sort of cage, anyway. That's not something you think about when you take that split second to think about whether or not you can get away or just pull over. I'm pretty confident everyone has considered bolting when they see the blue and red lights, but most of us are responsible enough to pull over. I'll be the first to admit that there have been a few times where I knew I was going to get pulled over so I would bolt on side streets and just try to avoid more so than elude, but this incident was different. We've probably all sped past a state trooper on the highway at least once and maybe gotten off at an exit knowing the officer would be stuck behind cars... Right? Just hoping you wouldn't get nailed. Well, this was a little different. He was coming the other way, and I knew the roads very well. It was my stomping ground, and I knew I could get away. All I was thinking about was how bad it would have been to have been caught driving on a suspended license. I knew I was eligible to get my license back about 2 weeks from that day, and I just wanted to get my life together. Stupid me... I didn't think about how much worse I was making it on myself. Kind of funny, in that aspect, in hindsight. I was worried about the consequences about driving on suspended, not even thinking about a felony until it was too late. I still remember vividly. We were on country roads, both going way too fast... I was way ahead, and assumed he had given up chasing me down at those kinds of speeds, so I'd slow down to minimize the risk of anything even worse happening... here he comes, not giving up... zoom zoom, gone again. That happened a few times, then I made up a lot of ground and he would have never caught me unless I had wrecked or made a mistake. I was probably close to a mile ahead of him when he apparently wrecked his car into a telephone pole trying to pass a car through a mild sweeping turn. It's easy to say none of that would have happened if he hadn't been too proud to admit defeat and follow the obvious steps to minimize putting the public in any more danger than they were already exposed to, but I take responsibility for being the root of all of it. I ran. Period. He wouldn't have been chasing if I hadn't been running. At the same time, I do wish he had just called ahead and not taken it so personally. When I turned myself in, I stuck my hand out and apologized and told him I was sincerely sorry for what happened and that I was glad he wasn't hurt... He turned his cheek on me--literally. I apologized in court and he wouldn't even look at me. He just nodded his head with jaws clenched. A lot of the public criticized his judgement, but his superiors backed him up 100% and he didn't have to take any responsibility for his mistakes. From my perspective, I take responsibility for all of it, but I'd like for someone else to admit that they were wrong and had poor judgement as well. I'm stuck with the bill for all of it... I did my time, I'm paying the fines, and I have to live with the consequences. Stories like this leave me feeling inspired that there still are truly good selfless people with a conscience in this world. The man could have walked away scot free but he chose to do the right thing and he's surely paying for it.