Rhode Island General Laws Title 31. Motor and Other Vehicles § 31-27-4.1. Eluding a law enforcement officer with a motor vehicle in a high speed pursuit

Any person who in an attempt to elude or flee from a police officer in an emergency police vehicle in a high speed pursuit of the person, operates a motor vehicle at speeds greater than fifteen (15) miles per hour over the speed limit, or who causes property damage only in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000):

(1) For the first conviction, may be subject to the following sanctions:

(i) Up to one year incarceration at the adult correction institutions (A.C.I.) and a fine of five hundred dollars ($500) but not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000)

(ii) License suspension of not less than ninety (90) days but not more than six (6) months and forfeiture of the motor vehicle.

(2) For a second or subsequent conviction, the person shall:

(i) Be sentenced to two (2) years at the A.C.I., but not more than five (5) years;

(ii) Be fined a fine of two thousand dollars ($2,000) but not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000);

(iii) Receive a license suspension of not less than one year but not more than five (5) years;  and

(iv) Forfeit the motor vehicle.


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