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State College Man Convicted of DUI After Telling Police He Took 'Date Rape Drug'

by on July 19, 2014 12:27 PM

After admitting to police that he had taken a “prescription date rape drug” when pulled over for erratic driving in 2012, a State College man has been found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol and a prescription depressant medication.

In March of 2012, police received reports of a black SUV driving dangerously on various highways, according a news release from the district attorney's office. 

Before being stopped by police, Ryan Fleck, 34, swerved in and out of lanes, ran a red light, and stopped his car in middle of the road to pound on its hood. When questioned by police, Fleck reportedly admitted to driving under the influence of drugs.

After failing a field sobriety test, tests at Mt. Nittany Medical Center determined Fleck had a blood alcohol content of 0.09 and had taken the prescription sleep drug Xyrem, according to the news release. He later admitted to police that he realized he shouldn’t have driven after taking the drug. 

Xyrem, also known as GHB, is intended to send the user to sleep shortly after ingestion and is known to cause sudden unconsciousness. One must wait six hours before legally driving after taking Xyrem, though its effects are prolonged and deepened by alcohol.

Fleck was convicted on four different DUI charges for the various substances, as well as summary offenses of harassment and careless driving. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 16, 2014.

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Michael Martin Garrett is a general assignment reporter for StateCollege.com, a graduate of Penn State and a published poet. He's also a musician who plays bass in an indie rock band.
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