Prescription Medication Blamed For DUI Crash

When it comes to a DUI charge, the person facing the allegation need not have been under the influence of alcohol. A DUI charge can be the result of driving under the influence of either illicit or prescribed drugs and medications. If you have a prescribed medication that impairs your ability to drive or operate a motor vehicle and you are caught driving, you can be charged with DUI.

Unlike alcohol, where a blood-alcohol test can be administered, there is no immediate test to determine if a person is under the influence of a drug, legal or illicit. Instead, the driver may undergo a roadside investigation by a Drug Recognition Expert. If determined to be under the influence, the person may be arrested and charged with DUI. One California driver is facing possible DUI charges after a crash as the Home Town Station reports.  

An early morning July 20th crash is being investigated as a possible DUI drugs and/or alcohol incident by the California Highway Patrol.

The incident involved a single vehicle and occurred shortly before 6:20 a.m. when the CHP were notified of the incident. The location was in the northbound lanes of Highway 14 just south of Ward Road.  

Karen Adams, 37, of Los Angeles was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe when she veered right and collided with a dirt embankment. This caused the SUV to flip several times.

There were four children in the car: two eight-year-olds, a fourteen-year-old, and a one-year-old infant. The two eight-year-olds and the fourteen-year-old were all wearing seat belts. The one-year-old infant was not. The infant was killed when she was ejected from the SUV.

The two eight-year-old children were airlifted to Children’s Hospital. The fourteen-year-old was taken by ambulance to Antelope Valley Hospital.

The circumstances surrounding the accident are still under investigation. The CHP are investigating whether drugs and/or alcohol may have been a factor.       

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