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Bath Salts DUI: Zombies Can Drive Cars Too

The designer drug known as “bath salts” has been in the news a lot lately. While taking bath salts may turn you into a zombie, it can also get you a DUI.

This week, Mesa police arrested a woman on suspicion of driving under the influence of bath salts. Police indicate that Myra Rosas displayed many of the symptoms of the drug when she was pulled over for driving on a suspended license.

According to police, 36-year-old Rosas spotted a police car while driving on a suspended license. In order to avoid the police cruiser, she turned around and headed home. However, police were waiting for her there.

Rosas was uncooperative and struggled with the officer. According to police, she didn’t comply with their requests until she was told she would be pepper-sprayed. She also exhibited many of the types of behavior associated with bath salts, including sharp mood swings, fast speech, and nervous energy. According to police, Rosas later admitted taking the drug.

While bath salts have been big news lately, many people are confused about what the drug actually is. It’s not the stuff you put in a bath to make your skin soft. The term “bath salts” encompasses several synthetic stimulants including mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone. The drugs’ side effects include extremely high body temperature, vivid hallucinations, and paranoia, Reuters reports. Many states, including Arizona, have passed laws prohibiting the use of bath salt drugs.

Arizona’s DUI law covers intoxication not only by alcohol but also drugs. Under the law, it’s illegal for a person to drive “while under the influence of…drugs or vapor releasing substances if the person is impaired to the slightest degree.”

This means that if a person’s driving abilities are impaired by even over-the-counter or prescribed drugs, he may be charged with DUI.(A drug that makes people eat other peoples’ faces would probably impair their driving abilities as well.)

Myra Rosas has two prior DUI convictions. As Arizona’s DUI penalties escalate for subsequent offenses, Rosas probably faces a pretty stiff sentence if convicted.

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