A woman reportedly lost control of her car in Wilmington, North Carolina Tuesday. The accident was reported around 3:15 in the afternoon. While car accidents may occur on a frequent basis anywhere in North Carolina.
But in the Wilmington crash, law enforcement claims that the 48-year-old woman had taken some unidentified prescription medication. Police further accuse the woman of being impaired by illegal drugs, although authorities are not identifying what substances they believe the woman had taken.
North Carolina's DWI laws apply to prescription medications and other substances. Many people who require prescription medications may be surprised to find that law enforcement suspects impairment when a driver has followed a doctor's instructions.
In the Wilmington investigation, the details surrounding law enforcement's suspicions are not clear from the media. Authorities claim that the woman was traveling north on River Road when her car drifted toward the shoulder. Police claim that the woman overcorrected and crossed through the lanes, eventually running off the left side of the road.
Witnesses rushed to the aid of the accident victim. One passing motorist provided the woman with a blanket at the accident scene. Authorities say that when the woman's car drove off the road, and the car rolled over. The woman was ejected from the vehicle and she suffered injuries.
She was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Law enforcement now accuses her of several charges, including DWI, failing to maintain a lane and failing to use a seatbelt.
Source: Star News, "Driver charged with DWI after rollover on River Road," Brian Freskos, Jan. 22, 2013
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