"Except that he WAS caught and has now been charged with evading arrest. How do you figure that is smart."
First of all, you'll notice that "evading arrest" is the *only* thing the OP has been charged with. What was the OP originally being arrested for?
Also, the author Gavin de Becker wrote a book called "The Gift of Fear". He spoke about how women will sometimes see a strange man while waiting for an elevator, get bad vibes from him, and then get into the elevator with him. Why didn't they wait for the next elevator? Because they didn't want to be rude.
What is de Becker's point? God gave you instincts to be safe. So use them. If you're a woman and you get bad vibes from some guy, don't get into an elevator with him. If you're being questioned by police and you sense something inappropriate happening, run.
When you're trying to escape from danger, sometimes you'll succeed, and sometimes you'll be caught and maybe killed. The fact that an escape attempt may result in failure does not mean that you should not make the attempt.
"What does your having worked for the "feds" have to do with why you would run away and what red flags are you talking about here?"
I worked for the "feds" in enforcing federal law. So, I'm not some hippy, liberal, hate-all-authority type.
What red flags? The officer came up to the OP and would not provide a reason for searching the OP. (Red flag #1)
When the officer failed to find anything illegal on the OP, the officer said he smelled alcohol on the OP. That sounds as if the alcohol was the officer's "Plan B". If the officer smelled alcohol, he should've mentioned the alcohol at the beginning. (Red flag #2)
By the way, what does the law against public intoxication say? Does the law say that you can not have ANY alcohol in your system? Did the officer even try to find out whether the OP had enough alcohol in the OP's system in order to be legally intoxicated? Did the officer try to administer a breathalyzer test?