Friday, September 25, 2009

Dental Visit Leads to DUI Charge

Cookeville police say you don't have to be drunk to be charged with DUI, which is defined by state law as driving under the influence. A Cookeville woman was charged with DUI this week even though police say she did NOT smell of alcohol. 48-year-old Marcella Stallings of Bunker Hill Road had been involved in an accident in the Kroger parking lot. She told officers that she had just been to the dentist's office and had gotten a shot of novocaine. She was apparently still under the influence of that drug as she tried to drive home. Officer Luke Ward says that Stallings laid her head on the steering wheel and went to sleep at least four times as he was trying to get her driver's license. He says he didn't have her perform any field sobriety tests because she kept falling asleep. He did transport her to the hospital, where a blood test was ordered to determine just what was affecting her ability to operate a motor vehicle.