It’s Not Just Alcohol And Illegal Drugs That Cause DUI Wrecks

It’s Not Just Alcohol And Illegal Drugs That Cause DUI Wrecks

LaGrange Police have arrested a local man for Driving Under the Influence after he wrecked a van late Wednesday night. After failing several sobriety tests, the man insisted he doesn’t drink and sure enough, this was confirmed by a breath test. But it wasn’t alcohol or even illegal drugs that caused him to be impaired. He wrecked because he got behind the wheel after taking several prescription sleeping pills.

Wednesday night about 10:38 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the area of South Greenwood near Miller Street in reference to an automobile collision.

Police arrived and learned a gold Honda Odyssey had struck a tan Ford Taurus while attempting to negotiate the curve at Miller Street. Reports indicate the Honda was headed south on South Greenwood Street when it failed to maintain its lane, striking the Ford and causing moderate damage.

While officers were investigating the incident, the at-fault driver showed several signs that he was possibly driving under the Influence. Police say that Simpson had slurred speech and he appeared to be very unsteady on his feet. He had difficulty following simple instructions and had to be told multiple times to stay out of the road.

The driver then agreed to take several roadside sobriety tests, each of which police noted indicated he was impaired.

While conducting all of the tests, police didn’t smell even a whiff of alcohol, so officers began to suspect he was impaired on some type of drug. He then submitted to a portable breath test, which came up negative for alcohol with a result of 0.00 BAC, partially confirming these suspicions.

The driver initially stated he does not drink or use any drugs, but later said he does have some prescribed medications. He then admitted to taking three of his prescription sleeping pills at about 9:30 p.m. prior to the accident. The driver was unable to tell police the names of any of the medications.

As a result, the driver, age 56, was arrested and transported to the West Georgia Medical Center where he submitted to a DUI blood test. He was later taken to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs – Less Safe and Failure to Maintain Lane.

The van was returned to the owner, who previously responded to the accident scene.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer