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Man arrested on charges of DUI after crashing into parked car

Prescott police booked a 25-year-old male Prescott resident into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on Oct. 27 on charges including aggravated DUI after he told the officer he crashed into a parked car.

At 8:37 a.m., an officer answered a call about a two-vehicle collision in the 500 block of 1st Street. A man told the officer he had parked his car and was waiting inside it to pick up his granddaughter when he looked in the rearview mirror, saw a car driven by the suspect coming up behind him and hit his car from behind, according to the police report.

The suspect told the officer that he was driving southbound in the 500 block of 1st Street when a dog in his car jumped into his lap from the passenger seat and as he tried to put the dog back in the passenger seat he swerved and hit the parked car, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

The officer noticed the driver spoke slowly, slurred his words, that his eyes appeared watery and bloodshot and that he showed signs of impairment, so the officer asked if he had been drinking, according to the police report. The suspect told him he had not been drinking, but he had taken medications prescribed for him, according to the police report.

Field sobriety tests indicated that the suspect showed signs of impairment; an evaluation determined that he was under the influence of Benzodiazepine, Diazepine and opiates.

An officer also found a prescription bottle for one medicine with 16 Lorazepam in it instead, according to the police report.

An officer booked the man into the county jail on charges of two counts of DUI-drugs impaired to the slightest degree, aggravated DUI, and misdemeanor possession of prescription drugs.

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