When most people think about DUI drugs, they think of people driving under the influence of illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, or heroin. The truth is that even prescription and legal, over the counter drugs can lead to a DUI if they affect a person’s ability to drive. Prescription muscle relaxers, pain relievers, as well as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can lead to a DUI arrest. So, too, can consuming over the counter medication like sleep aids, cold medicines, and other medications that can cause drowsiness and perception issues.
Decaturish reports on a woman facing numerous charges related to a 2018 accident that killed a 5-year-old boy.
Michelle Wierson’s attorney says that she was having a psychotic break on September 27, 2018, when she allegedly slammed into two vehicles with her Volkswagen. The accident occurred at Midway Road and South Decatur Street in Decatur. The accident fatally injured 5-year-old Miles Jenness.
A grand jury indicted Wierson on charges of vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and battery. The grand jury elected not to indict Wierson on charges of driving under the influence.
At the time of the accident, Wierson had prescriptions for Ativan, Clonazepam, and Seroquel. A toxicology report showed that Wierson had no controlled substances or alcohol in her system at the time of the crash.
At the time of the accident, according to Wierson’s attorney, Wierson did not understand what had occurred. Because she was having a psychotic episode, she became combative with police and behaved erratically.
Wierson’s attorney plans to defend Wierson against the remaining charges.
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