If there is one argument against legalizing drugs it is the effect on the community. Public safety is at risk with any substance that may impair ones judgment. From a legal perspective the blending of drugs with this incident is that the accused will not have options to go into the standard drug treatment programs usually afforded to persons in San Diego who are in possession or under the influence of a controlled substance. The to programs that come to mind is PC 1000 or Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEOJ) and Prop 36. Both of these programs are good options to resolve San Diego drug cases. However, since there is San Diego DUI and the incident resulted in injuries these programs are not likely options.
Whatever the outcome, I hope the riders get a quick recovery and the woman get help for an obvious issue.
A wrong-way motorist accused of driving under the influence of meth and hitting and injuring multiple cyclists on Fiesta Island in San Diego was found with a baggie of meth hidden in her vagina, a deputy district attorney said Friday.
Theresa L. Owens, looking disheveled and distraught, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on a charge of felony DUI with injury and possession of a controlled substance.
“Tell them I’m so sorry,” she whispered to her attorney once the judge ordered her bail and set her next court hearing.
Bail was set at $300,000, though Deputy District Attorney Jessica Coto had requested $500,000 bail because of the seriousness of the injuries and the number of people hurt in the crash. Owens’ attorney had requested $200,000 bail, indicating that was the standard amount for those charges.
San Diego police said Owens was driving her vehicle on Fiesta Island Road around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when her car struck about 10 cyclists in a larger group finishing up a training ride.
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