Asheville woman held on $11,000 bond for DWI after minor traffic accident
Asheville, North Carolina police say a 23-year-old mother is facing a number of charges following a traffic accident that occurred Wednesday. Law enforcement reportedly claims the woman was driving while impaired at the time of the crash. News reports do not indicate what substance police believe was involved in the incident; however, the woman is accused of drugged driving, based upon prescription medication.
Police claim an officer at the scene of the traffic accident determined the woman was under the influence based upon the medication she was taking. News reports do not indicate how the officer made the determination. However, police say a blood test was taken after the accident.
In addition to the DWI charge the woman reportedly is facing at least five other serious charges related to the incident. The young mother reportedly was traveling with her two children in the car on Wednesday. Police claim the woman rear-ended another vehicle. She faces charges of misdemeanor child abuse in conjunction with the DWI charge.
Law enforcement claims the woman was driving with a revoked license. In North Carolina, there are a number of different ways a driver can face a license suspension or revocation. In addition to being suspended or revoked due to allegations of DWI, North Carolina law allows for the state to suspend driving privileges for missing a court date or accumulating too many points on a driving record.
The woman also faces charges for failure to reduce speed, failure to register a vehicle and one count for not having car insurance. The woman reportedly was booked into the Buncombe County Jail and is being held on ,000 bond.
Police claim the two young children in the woman’s vehicle and those in the other vehicle involved in the collision suffered minor injuries. None of the people reportedly required hospitalization after the traffic accident.
Source: WYFF Greenville, “APD: Mom Om Medication Charged After Wreck,” Sept. 29, 2011