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Virginia Driver Accused of Car Accident Due to Prescription Drugs

Posted on Nov 24, 2010
Joshua Kenneth Shortt was in a car crash in Loudon County, Virginia, on October 7, 2008. According to the court documents, Shortt hit another car on the highway. When the driver of the other vehicle pulled over, the driver accused Shortt of crashing into his car again. When police arrived on scene, they found Shortt behaving strangely and took him back to the station for testing.

The Purcellville Police Department testified in court that when they arrived on scene, they found Shortt's pupils dilated and he was acting unsteady on his feet. They conducted tests on Shortt, and found Benadryl, a standard allergy medicine, and Ambien, a prescription sleep aid, in his system. After those test results came back, police arrested Shortt for driving under the influence of drugs in Virginia.

Shortt has tried to fight this conviction by arguing that he had a prescription for Ambien and that he did not think that taking the prescribed dosage would cause him to sleep-drive or be intoxicated. His case was recently being heard in front of a three-judge Appeals Court panel in Virginia.

This November 2010, the judicial panel rejected Shortt's sleep driving argument and upheld the conviction that Shortt was driving under the influence of drugs.

 

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