A 22-year-old Amarillo man was arrested after he failed to stop for a constable's deputy early Sunday morning.

As far as we know, there is not an alcohol element involved in this story, so it does not quite fit into our usual focus area of alcohol-related incidents. However, as you will see, it pertains to how to (and how not to) conduct oneself when pulled over by a law enforcement authority, so we thought it would be informative for our Bryan-College Station audience all the same.

The incident occurred around 3 a.m. According to the deputy, he saw a vehicle strike a curb while turning onto Nagle Street from University Drive. The constable also observed that he vehicle was going very fast.

The deputy reported turning on his lights immediately and pursuing the vehicle, but claims the driver did not stop "for several blocks."

The driver has now been cited for having expired registration, disregarding a stop sign and evading arrest with a vehicle. That last charge is a state jail felony that could get the man a fine of up to $10,000 and up to two years in jail. He was taken to Brazos County Jail and was released Sunday afternoon.

Let this man's story be a lesson to you. If an officer ever tries to pull you over, you should comply with promptness, even if you think you have done nothing wrong. It's easier to sort matters out later than it is to be charged with offenses like those alleged against this man.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Police: Driver evaded officer trying to pull him over," Feb. 25, 2013