Recently a 41-year-old man from Utah was thrown back into the Cache County Jail without bail after having already been released twice, all within a span of just three days. He now faces a first degree DWI felony charge along with two misdemeanor charges and other charges due to driving under the influence of a possible prescription medication. If proven guilty, the man may spend up to seven years in prison.
The DWI offender in question caused severe injuries to a 28-year-old man, and was picked up two hours later by Logan City Police. The victim suffered a punctured lung and broken bones in the nearly fatal accident. Reports say the DWI offender was driving without registration or insurance. He was jailed for drunk driving but was released after posting bail.
Less than 24 hours later, the Logan City Police again arrested the offender for a second time due to impaired driving. He was once more released after posting bail.
Within 24 hours of the man’s second DWI arrest, he was picked up again for a third time! The repeat offender was arrested by the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, after being found impaired in his black Escalade when police responded to a medical call. A Cache County prosecutor requested to hold him without bail, which was then granted by a judge. No bail was set for his third DWI arrest.
Driving Under Influence of Controlled Substance and Prescription Drugs in Minnesota
In the state of Minnesota, the Statutes Section 169A.20 state that it’s a crime for an individual to drive, operate, or be in physical control of any motor vehicle when there is any hazardous substance present in the body other than marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinols.
In previous DUI of Controlled Substance/Drugs in Minnesota and DUI Laws and Consequences for DUI of Controlled Substance blog posts, we discussed that drugged driving is as big of a problem as driving under the influence of alcohol.
Hard drugs and alcohol are not the only substances that can get you a DWI conviction. Driving while impaired due to the use of certain prescription drugs can also carry the same penalties. Prescription drugs often include warnings against driving a motor vehicle or operating heavy machinery. Even drugs without such warnings can cause drivers to be impaired when abused. A mixture of certain prescription drugs, even when taken at the right dosage, may also cause side effects that may impair a driver’s ability to drive. As a result, it’s often difficult for the average person to identify which drugs are considered hazardous. Additionally, many motorists may simply have difficulty determining if they are impaired due to the prescribed drugs or not.
Facing a Prescription Drug DWI?
If you or a loved one is facing a prescription drug DWI, it is important to contact a skilled Minnesota DWI attorney as soon as possible. Douglas T. Kans has experience defending prescription drug DWI charges and can be reached at (952) 835-6314 for a free consultation.