Why bring it back?

Regarding your article on non-alcohol DUI's in Tuesdays paper, I would like to clarify that the medicines found in my wife LuAnn Ern
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Regarding your article on non-alcohol DUI's in Tuesdays paper, I would like to clarify that the medicines found in my wife LuAnn Erney's car, (Xanax, Vicodin) were legally prescribed and were not obtained illegally, the Tylenol, was just that, an over the counter painkiller, and the marijuana was a small amount, that was not shown to belong to her, so charges for that were dropped, and as for the three cars hit in a driveway on Mason Road, it was shown that they were not hit and the residents of that house refused to press charges.

LuAnn was seriously injured in an accident 15 years ago and left permanently disabled and in intractable pain, has had numerous surgeries including two failed ankle fusions, and finally amputation of her left leg below the knee, thus requiring the use of these drugs. Not a good scenario but that is the reality of it.

She has taken medicines for severe pain since the accident and will continue to. She had not driven for a month before the incident as she knew she was not able to, but got behind the wheel anyhow, which should not have happened. She had also just started some new medications, which contributed to the "lethargic and confused" state the officers found her in.

The bottom line is we had put this behind us, she had gone to court, and taken her punishment, and the Register happened to bring it right back to us. Why? This was the private matter of a private citizen, not a titillating article. Shame on you.

Mike Erney

Monroeville