20-Year-Old Charged with DUI Following Crash

Shawn Tyler Pugh told Gainesville police that opiates might show up in his system after he rear-ended a car Monday, August 9. He was arrested on charges of DUI, even though his breath test registered .000, reports the Gainesville Sun.

Pugh was driving a 2005 Pontiac when he ran into a car in the 1000 block of West University. The impact did about $14,000 damage to two cars. One person ended up in the hospital with injuries. Pugh has been charged with driving on a suspended license, careless driving, and damage to property.

The young man told police that opiates, THC, or Percocet might show up in his test. A look at the records shows his license has been suspended four times. Unable to perform any sobriety tests, Pugh appeared confused when an officer spoke to him. He was booked into the Alachua County jail.

Opioid Addiction
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in June that opioid pain medication poisonings are the most common type of poisoning treated in ERs around the country. At least 980,000 people are addicted to some type of opiate.

CNN reports a recent study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found a 111 percent increase in emergency room visits involving non-medical use of prescription opioid pain relievers.

Young Driver Statistics
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2009, drivers in the 15-19 year old age group had the highest rate of crashes. But drivers in the 20-24 age group had the highest rate of fatal car crashes in Florida.

Specifically, drivers in the age group of 20-24 years old who had been drinking had the highest rate per 10,000 licensed drivers of crash involvement (20.76) and the highest rate in fatal crashes (0.99).

Florida auto accident attorneys would like to remind all drivers, young and old, to abstain from driving if you have been drinking or have taken any drug that could impair your driving.