Decaturish reports on an Avondale Estates woman facing numerous charges, including DUI, in an accident that claimed the life of a five-year-old boy.
52-year-old Michelle Wierson was arrested after two collisions, running in and out of traffic, and assaulting a police officer on September 27th.
Wierson first crashed into two vehicles, one of which was carrying 5-year-old Miles Jenness, a student at Winnona Park Kindergarten. She then began acting erratically, running in and out of traffic. An off-duty Dekalb Police Officer and an on-duty MARTA Police officer witnessed the situation and attempted to get control of Wierson.
Jenness died of his injuries a few days after the accident.
An affidavit in support of the arrest warrants that Wierson was later served stated that she was taking a combination of Ativan, Klonopin, and Seroquel. Ativan and Klonopin are benzodiazepines used to treat anxiety. Seroquel is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other mood conditions.
Wierson was served with warrants for her arrest while in custody on charges of causing serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, following too closely, and driving under the influence. More charges are expected in light of the death of Jenness.
Wierson has a preliminary hearing scheduled for October 5th at 1 p.m.
Georgia, like many states, has laws that cover the use of prescription, over the counter, and illicit drugs while driving. Even legally prescribed prescription drugs can cause a person to face a DUI charge, provided that drug or a combination of drugs, impairs their ability to drive. Such drugs can include legally prescribed pain relievers, sleep aids, muscle relaxants, as well as anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs. Those who are prescribed these drugs often are aware that they may impact their ability to drive, but do so anyway.
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