Even if you have a prescription for a certain medication, you can be charged with a DUI if the medication impairs your ability to drive. Various medications, such as pain relievers, muscle relaxers, sleep medications, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, and even other medications can cause symptoms like drowsiness or even just a slight drop in reaction time. Getting behind the wheel while affected by these medications can lead to a DUI, which can lead to more serious charges if someone is injured or killed.
NBC Los Angeles reports on a man facing DUI drug charges after an accident that claimed the life of a Costa Mesa Fire Captain.
On Saturday, an 18-year veteran of the Costa Mesa Fire Department was riding his bike in Mission Viejo when he was struck by a driver allegedly under the influence. Capt. Mike Kreza was hospitalized in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries on Monday.
The driver accused in the accident, 25-year-old Stephen Taylor Scarpa, crossed into the bike lane on eastbound Alicia Parkway near Via Burgos. He then drove onto the sidewalk where he struck 44-year-old Kreza.
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s offices, multiple prescription medication bottles were found in the van that Scarpa was driving. He was arrested under suspicion of DUI.
Following the death of Kreza, Scarpa was charged with murder on Tuesday.
It was not immediately clear if Scarpa had an attorney.