On May 23, 2002, an officer witnessed Howard (defendant) driving a car missing its back license plate. The officer signaled for Howard to pull over. Howard did not comply and a high speed chase ensued. During the chase, Howard ran stop signs and traffic lights, and drove over the speed limit. Eventually, Howard ran a red light and crashed into a car, killing its driver. Howard was charged and convicted of fleeing from an officer while driving with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of other people or property. The court of appeals affirmed the conviction.