A then-pregnant woman who was arrested at an ER in Jacksonville can sue the police officer for an illegal arrest. Melanie Williams was arrested in 2005 for fleeing and eluding a police officer and reckless driving in Jacksonville. She was bleeding and felt as if she was going to pass out. As she was driving, police say she ran a red light. After pulling over, she told the officer she was sick and drove to the hospital. Police followed and then arrested her at the scene.
The felony charge of fleeing and eluding an officer and the misdemeanor charge of reckless driving were dropped shortly after her arrest. When you are arrested in Jacksonville, the state attorney’s office makes a decision on what to do. They can file the case as charged, reduce the charges to lesser crimes, or drop the charges all together. Both the police and the state attorney’s office have great power and discretion over people’s liberty.