Summary:

First paragraph reads:  "A Bainbridge man was arrested and charged on suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription drugs after he caused a wreck that injured a child, according to Bainbridge Public Safety."
        
Last two paragraphs read:  "Clendinen told Cox that he took two prescription drugs, Depakote and Lexapro, that Cox judged '[were] capable of impairing driving if used improperly'.”

"According to Cerner Multum, which keeps health information databases, both drugs can have the effect of depressing the central nervous and respiratory systems."


http://www.thepostsearchlight.com/news/2009/dec/24/man-charged-dui-after-wreck/


Man charged with DUI after wreck

By Brennan Leathers ( Contact) | Post-Searchlight

Published Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Bainbridge man was arrested and charged on suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription drugs after he caused a wreck that injured a child, according to Bainbridge Public Safety.

The accident happened on Tuesday at about 7:45 p.m. on Tallahassee Highway, near its intersection with Alice Street.

Gregory James Clendinen, 26, of 1627 Longleaf Drive, Bainbridge, was driving his Ford Explorer north on Tallahassee Highway and turned into the path of an older-model Ford Mustang driven by a Juan Balderas of Bainbridge. The frame and door of the Mustang’s driver’s side was badly damaged.

In addition to Balderas, three children were riding in the two-door Mustang. A 12-year-old boy who was reportedly not wearing his seatbelt while riding in the rear seat of the Mustang, was taken to a Tallahassee, Fla., hospital by emergency medical helicopter, according to BPS.

Clendinen was found at fault for causing the accident for failing to yield the right of way while turning, according to an accident report. Clendinen was arrested after BPS Sgt. Ray Cox observed his speech was “very slow and deliberate” and conducted field sobriety tests on the driver.

Clendinen told Cox that he took two prescription drugs, Depakote and Lexapro, that Cox judged “[were] capable of impairing driving if used improperly.”

According to Cerner Multum, which keeps health information databases, both drugs can have the effect of depressing the central nervous and respiratory systems.