Woman arrested after alleged DUI collision

A Menlo Park woman was arrested on drug charges and for driving under the influence after she crashed into a minivan on Embarcadero Road near Greer Road on Thursday afternoon, according to Palo Alto police.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 11, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Drunk drivers are so scary, especially on residential streets. Is her mug shot and address available?

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 11, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Dear parent,

The way I read this report, Ms. Courtney was not necessarily drunk. Being as she was in possession of a controlled substance (which I read to mean illegal drugs) I would lean towards her being under the influence of drugs. I would be very interested in what "controlled substance" she was in possession of. Some drugs can be more debilitating than being "slightly over the limit" with alcohol.

It is not just drunk drivers that scare me, it is drivers under the influence of any drug (and remember that alcohol IS a drug) to the point where they are not able to function properly.

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Posted by Rational
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

When are we going to have that ignition disabling alcohol tester device mandated for all cars?

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm

As I said earlier, there is a strong possibility "that under the influence" in this case does not refer to alcohol. Those testers will not detect meth, PCP, or any of a host of other debilitating drugs a driver can be under the influence of. How much do those testers cost to buy and install in a car? Do you want your car to cost that much more, especially when it is not effective for all drugs and can also be easily circumvented? We need a solution to DUI drivers, but that ain't it.

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