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Seattle Mom Arrested for DUI – Prescription Drug Use

Seattle Mom Arrested for DUI – Prescription Drug Use

Here in Washington State not only can you be arrested for alcohol related DUI (driving under the influence)  but you can also be arrested for drug induced DUI.  “Drug” includes the illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine and also legal or medically prescribed drugs, such as marijuana, codeine, percocet, and so many more.  If an individual is impaired by the use of any type of drug than it is illegal to drive.

Recently in the Seattle news, a 34-year-old mother was arrested for drug induced DUI.  On Monday night, June 17th,  this mother was in a 7 Eleven parking lot when she backed her pickup truck into a parked van.  When Seattle police arrived at the scene, they noted the mother was unsteady on her feet, swaying, and staggering.  She was asked to take the DUI field sobriety test which she allegedly failed miserably.

Police found 2 newly prescribed drug bottles on the floor of the mother’s truck of which many pills were missing.  To make matters worse, law enforcement found her 2-year-old in the back of her pickup truck poorly fastened in his car seat.  The woman was arrested for DUI, child endangerment, and negligent driving.

Drug induced DUI penalties are the same as alcohol related DUI penalties.  DUI charges are serious and consequences are harsh; fines, loss of driver’s license, jail time, etc.  It is important to choose a qualified DUI defense attorney to defend one’s rights.

Call David O Defense if you have been charged with a drug related DUI case.  The consultation is free but the peace of mind provided after is invaluable.


Written by S.O

Seattle Police DUI Squad

Seattle Police DUI Squad

Here are some interesting facts about the Seattle police “DUI squad.”

1)  While enforcing traffic laws, DUI squad officers have authority to further investigate individuals for DUI, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

2)  DUI squad police may be called to the scene of a car collision to specifically investigate drivers for DUI.

3)  Patrol officers who have stopped an individual suspect of DUI, call DUI squad officers to assist with the investigation of alcohol and/or drug impairment.

4)  Seattle DUI squad officers work late evening hours to early morning hours 7:30PM to  4:30 AM.  The DUI squad police are also required to be on call 24/7 to respond to any situation requiring their DUI expertise.

5)  DUI squad officers appear in court frequently to provide testimony on DUI arrests. DUI charge is the most litigated misdemeanor crime in Washington State.

6)  Most DUI squad officers undergo two weeks of extensive education and certification to become DRE’s (Drug Recognition Experts).  DRE’s have the ability to determine if an individual is under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol.

All information listed above was derived from