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Car wreck ends in arrest for driving under the influence of drugs

Police received a report that a Utah woman was passed out in a vehicle. When they arrived at the location reported, no car was present. A search of the area led them to discover a single-car accident. The woman behind the wheel was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

The driver was unconscious when emergency responders pulled her from the car. Police claim that when she regained consciousness, she admitted to huffing compressed air. When searching the vehicle, officers claim to have found cans of compressed air, along with evidence of purchasing them within 90 minutes of the woman appearing for a court ordered drug test.

Even though the car she was driving appeared to be a total loss, it is believed the car was involved in another collision. No further information was reported to corroborate that belief. After personnel at a medical center in the area checked out the woman, she was transported to Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility for booking. Prosecutors will review the findings of the police investigation and determine whether enough evidence exists to file formal charges.

Despite her alleged statements to police, the driver is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty in court and beyond a reasonable doubt. Utah prosecutors will be required to provide sufficient evidence that she was driving under the influence of drugs in order to meet that standard. That will not happen before the woman's criminal defense team is afforded the opportunity to review the evidence to ensure that her rights were protected throughout the process. If the court finds that any reasonable doubt of that exists, the charges cannot stand.

Source:, "Woman arrested for DUI after huffing compressed air, crashing car", Ric Wayman, April 13, 2015

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