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Woman Under Influence Hits School Bus

According to Police, on Thursday morning at approximately 6:30 a.m., forty-year-old Shiree Kalectaca hit the back of a Florence Unified School District bus with her SUV. Pinal County Sherriff’s Office Spokeswoman Tamra Ingersoll said Ms. Kalectaca was driving “at a high rate of speed” and is believed to have been driving while impaired by morphine at the time of the accident.

Ms. Ingersoll said the Sheriff’s Office received several calls reporting a reckless driver prior to the accident. Police responding to the accident found that Ms. Kalectaca’s vehicle matched the caller’s description of the reckless driver.

According to Police, Ms. Kalectaca appeared impaired and informed Police that she had taken morphine earlier that day.

Ms. Kalectaca suffered non life threatening injures and was transported to Banner Ironwood Hospital. The bus was carrying eight students at the time of the accident, but none of them were injured.

Ms. Ingersoll said a blood sample was taken from Ms. Kalectaca at the hospital, and she could face driving under the influence charges if the results show she was driving impaired.

According to Arizona Revised Statute 28-1381, it is unlawful for a person to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle while he is impaired to the slightest degree. This law applies not only to driving while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, but also applies to driving under the influence of prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication, narcotics, and medical marijuana.

If an Officer suspects a person is operating his vehicle while impaired, he may pull the person over and proceed with a DUI investigation. During the investigation, the Officer may question the person about whether he has consumed any alcohol or drugs, may request that the person participate in several field sobriety tests, or may require that he take a Breathalyzer test or even submit to a blood test.

If, during a traffic stop, an Officer asks you whether you have consumed alcohol or drugs, under Arizona law, you do not have to answer this question because the answer may lead to self-incrimination. If an Officer asks you to participate in a field sobriety test such as walking in a straight line, or reciting your ABC’s, again, you may refuse to participate. In fact, many attorneys will recommend that you decline to participate because these tests are often invalid and are frequently failed by even sober drivers.

If you are asked to take a Breathalyzer, you may refuse this as well. But, if you refuse the Breathalyzer, an Officer who feels he has probable cause to obtain a warrant for a blood test will request a warrant from a Judge. In the event he obtains a warrant, you must submit to a blood test. Failure to submit to a blood test will result in an automatic suspension of your driver’s license.

If you are found guilty of driving while impaired by a prescription drug, you may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor for a first offense and will likely receive penalties such as up to ten days in jail, fines, driver’s license suspension and probation.

A person found guilty of a second offense prescription drug DUI, within seven years of the first conviction, will receive penalties such as 90 days in jail, probation, fines, driver’s license revocation for one year, counseling and treatment.

A third prescription drug DUI within seven years will result in felony charges and penalties such as a minimum of four months in prison, fines, driver’s license revocation, probation, and community service.

If you have been arrested for DUI, contact the drunk driving attorneys at the law firm Oracle Law Group Office P.C. today.