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State College Police: Woman Falls Asleep at the Wheel, Facing Possible DUI

by on July 30, 2012 3:28 PM

A State College woman could face charges after she fell asleep at the wheel while driving after drinking over the weekend, police said Monday. 

State College Police said at 5:28 p.m. Saturday on the 1900 block of Shingletown Road, a woman told police she fell asleep while driving and only woke up once her vehicle ran off of the roadway and into a ditch on Route 45. 

One witness told police the vehicle gradually merged off of the roadway and into the ditch for no apparent reason. The vehicle traveled approximately 300 and ended up in the ditch on its right side where both air bags deployed. 

Police suspect the woman was under the influence of alcohol and drugs and said also said she had been drinking. The woman submitted to a blood test and results are pending. 

The woman was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center via a Centre County Life Link ambulance and was treated for chest and head pain. 

The investigation is ongoing and charges have yet to be filed. 

Meanwhile, the police log listed eight other incidents of DUI, though none resulted in injury.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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