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Pennsylvania Woman Charged with DUI After Box of Prescription Drugs Found in Vehicle

A Pennsylvania woman was charged with driving under the influence after she crashed her vehicle near the Holland tunnel in New Jersey, according to Port Authority police. The 54-year-old Pottstown, Pennsylvania resident was also charged with careless driving, reckless driving and failure to yield at an intersection. She had previously been involved in another car accident that night.

After the crash, police searched the woman’s vehicle and discovered a lunchbox full of prescription drugs. There were 20 prescription drug bottles in total, and all of the prescriptions were made out in the woman’s name. She admitted to police that she had taken Xanax before getting behind the wheel. When she got out of her vehicle to walk to the ambulance, police say she appeared to be unsteady on her feet and then refused to accept any medical attention.

Drugs also lead to DUI charges

When people think of DUI charges, they most commonly think of individuals who are under the influence of alcohol. Although it’s true that the majority of DUI charges involve drunk drivers, a person who is under the influence of drugs, legal or illegal, may also be charged with a DUI.

Even if a person has a legal prescription and took the appropriate dosage of a drug, he or she could be charged with a DUI if it is found that the drug negatively impacted the person’s ability to operate a vehicle safety. Therefore, it is important that anyone taking potent prescription drugs understand the effect the drugs have on their bodies and avoid getting behind the wheel if there is any question of their ability to drive.

If you’re facing DUI charges in Berks County, consult a trusted criminal defense attorney with David R. Eshelman: A Professional Corporation right away.

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