Va. panel rejects 'sleep driving' argument
A three-judge Appeals Court panel in Virginia upheld the conviction of a Loudoun County man who argued that he was "sleep-driving" when he got into a car accident after taking prescription medication, the Washington Examiner reports.
Joshua K. Shortt was involved in a car accident Oct. 7, 2008, according to court documents. He hit another car while driving on a highway in Loudoun County. When the other driver pulled over, Shortt hit the car again, according to the documents.
A few hours after the incident, tests found Ambien, a prescription sleep aid, and Benadryl, an over-the-counter allergy medicine, in Shortt's system. He was convicted of driving under the influence of drugs. Shortt argued that he voluntarily ingested the Ambien, for which he had a prescription, but argues that he was involuntarily intoxicated and "sleep-driving."
Read more about the Virginia "sleep driving" case in the Washington Examiner:
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| November 12, 2010; 11:01 AM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety, Virginia
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