Driving Under the Influence of ViagraOh, boy! Always read your prescription labels, people. A man was recently arrested in Seattle for a prescription-drug DUI after his apparent disorientation caused him to drive over a median and into a wall before crashing into a garage door. Because investigators couldn’t smell intoxicants on the man or in the vehicle, they assumed that the 59-year-old was driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

The Truth: Revealed in the Fullness of Time

At the hospital, the suspect revealed that he’d taken generic Viagra tablets. In fact, he told the officers that he’d taken five pills instead of the 1 pill that the label instructed him to take. That same label also carries the Viagra warning that the medication can cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure and that rare side effects, such as a sudden loss of vision.

Generic Version?

Officials were confused by the man’s claim that he took a generic version of Viagra, as there is no official generic version of the erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra, on the market. There are, however, imposter versions that can be purchased online, and the medication Revatio, a blood pressure medication, has the same active ingredient as Viagra but in a smaller dose. Officials are awaiting the results of the man’s blood test to solve this riddle.

Disorientation

When officers reached the accident, the man was standing outside his car. The officers reported that the man was vague (probably with disorientation) when asked whether he’d been driving the vehicle. Two witnesses, however, place the man behind the wheel. When asked if prescriptions medications were involved in the accident, the man admitted that they were involved but that there were no label warnings against driving on the prescription medications. The driver’s son (who had been in the car with him) said that he hadn’t seen his father drinking but that he was acting a bit off (again, it could have been disorientation from a precipitous drop in blood pressure). The man was booked on DUI charges and has pled not guilty to those charges.

Your Prescription Drug Case

This is a uniquely intricate case (and one that few would care to emulate), but every New Jersey DUI case is complicated and serious. If you are facing a New Jersey DUI, you need experienced legal counsel.

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