A Seattle-area man recently learned the hard way that you don’t have
to be drunk in order to be arrested for DUI. Law enforcement arrested
him after he crashed his car into a local parking garage and could not
smell the odor of intoxicants, but believed him to be under the influence
of prescription drugs. The man later admitted to authorities that he had
taken way too large of a dose of a generic alternative to Viagra, a pill
intended to treat erectile dysfunction but which could also be used to
lower high blood pressure and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness.
When questioned by authorities, the man said he took five pills when the
bottle said only to take one. Warnings for Viagra include the possibility
that blood pressure may drop below safe levels, which may result in sudden
Authorities are unsure if an overdose of the medicine is at fault or if
the man may have been given a contaminated drug. Police obtained a warrant
and collected blood at Harborview Medical Center soon after the crash,
and they are hoping the test results will reveal some answers. Viagra
has no “official” generics that have been approved for sale
in the U.S., but there are arguably thousands of fakes and impostors sold online.
The man was arrested last Sunday night and booked into King County Jail.
On Monday he pleaded not-guilty to a DUI charge, for which he will have
a hearing on August 21st. He was released on Tuesday, but is ordered to be on home monitoring while
away from his house, which he may only do in order to do any of his standard
activities, including work or to meet with a monitoring agency.
Drug-Fueled DUI Charges
As stated previously, you don’t have to be drunk in order to be charged
with driving under the influence. The law states that if you are inebriated
to the point where your ability to operate a vehicle safely by any foreign
substance, you could be charged and found guilty of driving under the
influence. This intentionally-vague wording is intended to be all-inclusive,
meaning you could potentially be charged with DUI if you’re under
the influence of
any drug, regardless of whether or not you have a prescription for it.
If you are currently taking medication or are about to begin a new medication,
you should not drive until you know how the drug can affect you. This
is particularly true for drugs like cold medications, painkillers, and
allergy relief medicines, each of which feature ingredients that are commonly
known to cause drowsiness which could potentially impact your ability
to safely drive by reducing your reaction times or your ability to determine
any potential hazards ahead of you. There’s a reason why these drugs
often feature a warning that says “do not drive or operate heavy
machinery while on this medication;” it’s highly advised you
listen to it not only for your own safety, but to avoid a potentially
serious DUI charge, and the heavy penalties it can carry.
If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, the
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that is tailored to your exact case in order to help you avoid the harshness
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