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The Danger of Driving on Prescription Drugs

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- People living in a Kennewick neighborhood heard the crash as an impaired driver went through several fences and into a shed.

But the driver wasn't drunk, she had taken prescription pills. Kennewick Police officers say pills  can be just as dangerous alcohol.

Neighbors say that at Vancouver and 27th, a driver came speeding by, hitting three cars, before getting to the roundabout at the intersection. The suspect then drove through several fences before coming to a stop near an irrigation canal.

Travis Smith heard the crash. He says, " [I was just] shocked and confused ... because the cars went by so fast." Police found and arrested the women involved in the crash and say fortunately no one was hurt. They say the woman initially was field tested for alcohol, which came up at 0.0. Then, a drug recognition expert, who is specially trained in prescription drugs tested the woman and found that she was on a prescription.

Police say that someone taking any type of medication should always be extra careful while driving.

 

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