Tenn. Code § 39-16-603

Current through Acts 2021, ch. 595
Section 39-16-603 - Evading arrest
(a)
(1) Except as provided in subsection (b), it is unlawful for any person to intentionally conceal themselves or flee by any means of locomotion from anyone the person knows to be a law enforcement officer if the person:
(A) Knows the officer is attempting to arrest the person; or
(B) Has been arrested.
(2) It is a defense to prosecution under this subsection (a) that the attempted arrest was unlawful.
(3)[repealed by 2021 amendment]
(b)
(1) It is unlawful for any person, while operating a motor vehicle on any street, road, alley or highway in this state, to intentionally flee or attempt to elude any law enforcement officer, after having received any signal from the officer to bring the vehicle to a stop.
(2) It is a defense to prosecution under this subsection (b) that the attempted arrest was unlawful.
(3) [repealed by 2021 amendment]
(4) In addition to the penalty prescribed in this subsection (d), the court shall order the suspension of the driver license of the person for a period of not less than six (6) months nor more than two (2) years. If the license is already suspended, at the time the order is issued, the suspension shall begin on the date the existing suspension ends. The court shall also confiscate the license being suspended and forward it to the department of safety along with a report of the license suspension. If the court is unable to take physical possession of the license, the court shall nevertheless forward the report to the department. The report shall include the complete name, address, birth date, eye color, sex, and driver license number, if known, of the person whose license has been suspended, and shall indicate the first and last day of the suspension period. If the person is the holder of a license from another state, the court shall not confiscate the license but shall notify the department, which shall notify the appropriate licensing officials in the other state. The court shall, however, suspend the person's nonresident driving privileges for the appropriate length of time.
(c) In addition to the penalties prescribed in this section, the court shall order a person who commits evading arrest and, in doing so, recklessly damages government property, including, but not limited to, a law enforcement officer's uniform or motor vehicle, to pay restitution to the appropriate government agency for the value of any property damaged.
(d)
(1) A violation of subsection (a) is a Class A misdemeanor.
(2)
(A) A violation of subsection (b) is a Class E felony and shall be punished by confinement for not less than thirty (30) days.
(B) If the flight or attempt to elude creates a risk of death or injury to innocent bystanders, pursuing law enforcement officers, or other third parties, a violation of subsection (b) is a Class D felony and shall be punished by confinement for not less than sixty (60) days.
(3) A violation of subsection (a) or {b) that results in serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer is a Class C felony.
(4) A violation of subsection (a) or (b) that results in the death of a law enforcement officer is a Class A felony.

T.C.A. § 39-16-603

Amended by 2021 Tenn. Acts, ch. 278,s 2, eff. 7/1/2021.
Amended by 2021 Tenn. Acts, ch. 278,s 1, eff. 7/1/2021.
Amended by 2020 Tenn. Acts, ch. 584,s 1, eff. 7/1/2020.
Amended by 2016 Tenn. Acts, ch. 633,Secs.s1, s2 eff. 7/1/2016.
Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 1; 1995, ch. 467, § 1.