Our firm is pleased to announce that our clients were found not guilty of Racing on Highways offenses in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. This verdict saved both clients from incurring a mandatory 6-month driver’s license suspension.
A husband and wife couple stood accused of Racing on Highways after being lined up in adjacent lanes along a local highway. Upon the traffic light turning green, the citing officer claimed to have heard tires squealing and saw both vehicles accelerate to a point approximately 1/10th of a mile down the road, before one vehicle slowed and the other continued. The officer then proceeded to stop both vehicle charging the couple with Racing on Highways. One driver was also charged with exceeding speed limits in excess of 31mph, which carries a mandatory 15-day license suspension.
At the summary trial, the testimony of both clients was presented, establishing that neither party was engaged in a drag race as required by the statute. The court ultimately found the clients not guilty of this offense. However, the court found one driver guilty of speeding below 31mph, eliminating the 15-day suspension, and the other guilty of an inspection violation, carrying a fine only.