In two recent North Augusta car accidents, drivers who had small children in their cars were arrested and charged with driving under the influence after admitting to taking the prescription tranquilizer Xanax, according to North Augusta Public Safety incident reports.
Just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, officers were called to U.S. Highway 25 at Walnut Lane, where Pamela Carroll, 32, had lost control of her car and hit the southbound curb, damaging the wheels and tires of her vehicle, according to an incident report.
Her 3-year-old son was in the back seat in a child safety seat with the straps unbuckled, the report said.
Carroll’s speech was slurred and her eyes were bloodshot. She was unsteady on her feet and almost fell several times. After failing several sobriety tests, she was taken to a hospital, where she refused a urine test.
When asked if she was taking any drugs, she admitted to high blood pressure medicine and Xanax, the report said.
At 2:46 p.m. on Friday, officers were called to assist Tiffany Coulthurst, 30, who had been traveling east on the Palmetto Parkway and tried to change lanes to exit. She lost control of her car and hit the guardrail, flipped the car, and ended up on top of the guardrail, according to an incident report.
Her 6-month-old daughter was in a child safety seat in the back.
The responding officer noticed her speech was slurred and eyes bloodshot. When asked if she was taking any drugs, she admitted she had taken Xanax.
She was transferred to Medical College of Georgia Hospital where she refused a blood test, the report said.