The defendant was involved in a single vehicle crash wherein she struck a curb after making a wide right turn. She later admitted she had taken Ambien and Celexa both are central nervous system depressants. A subsequent blood test taken at the police station revealed a third depressant , Benadryl was in her system. The drug recognition expert confirmed the police officer’s observation that the defendant seemed “sleepy, real tired, heavy eyes, drowsy.”
Defendant was ultimately convicted of aggravated driving under the influence because of the presence of a child in her vehicle. The Appellate Court upheld the Trial Court’s conviction ruling that whether a particular drug may cause a driver to be impaired is the driver’s responsibility.
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