The driver was charged with driving under the influence in Savannah while transporting three elderly patients according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jamie Quinn.
The driver, Tahera Croom, 41, was discovered passed out at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Louisville Road while driving a gold Honda Odyssey after concerned motorists called the police to report the vehicle was stopped at a light partially in the intersection.
Quinn said a nearby trooper went to the scene and found the woman asleep behind the wheel.
Inside the van were three elderly female passengers. Quinn said the trooper detected the smell of alcohol and called medical personnel to the scene to determine the woman was not suffering from a medical issue.
Once it was determined that Croom had consumed alcohol and was not suffering from a medical condition, troopers attempted to initiate a field sobriety evaluation which Croom refused to submit to, Quinn said.
According to Quinn, the three elderly passengers who appeared to be suffering from mental disabilities were unable to provide the troopers with any information as to where they were coming from or going.
The women were taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah where they were fed and cared for until they were reunited with family.
Croom was charged with DUI, operating a vehicle without a tag or decal, impeding traffic, improper reduction of speed, and improper display of license plates.
Georgia State law requires clinical evaluation and the attendance of the DUI program that’s certified/licensed by the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services before your driver’s license can be reinstated if you have been charged with any of the following:
- Drug Possession
- Other drug offenses
- Under-age possession of drugs or alcohol
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