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Drivers carrying children charged with DUI

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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.

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Jeepster2001
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Jeepster2001 07/17/12 - 08:18 am
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Are You Stupid, Or What ?? No, Maybe Smart
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At first read of this story, I thought what morons, both of them are. Who in their right mind, takes a antidepressant/tranquilizer, and gets behind the wheel with their child in tow ? Carroll was so screwed up, she didn't even buckle her child in place? But both of them refused blood/urine tests, which tells me that they both realized they screwed up, and took the Ben Harbin approach. Based upon the fact that alcohol strengthens the side effects, I bet they both had been drinking as well. I don't give a flip about you, but you could've killed your innocent child. Throw their butts in jail.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/17/12 - 07:49 am
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Eyes bloodshot? Does Xanax do

Eyes bloodshot? Does Xanax do that?

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/17/12 - 08:58 am
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They are slick

Refusing to take blood test they will hire some lawyer to get them off even though they put thier childrens life at risk if they were indeed intoxicated, high, whatever you want to call it. Hopefully they have them on camera admitting it.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/17/12 - 10:29 am
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Mother's Little Helpers

All these drugs have side effects. I guess a side effect of Xanax must be a craving to drive a car.

Jeepster2001
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Jeepster2001 07/17/12 - 11:18 am
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@ LL - so it would appear.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/17/12 - 02:51 pm
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"All these drugs have side

"All these drugs have side effects. I guess a side effect of Xanax must be a craving to drive a car."

Yea, with your infant children in them... *rolleyes*

draksig
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draksig 07/17/12 - 06:16 pm
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Can we assume they did not

Can we assume they did not have prescriptions for the meds?

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