She blamed both on medicine prescribed by her doctor.
Between the two incidents, Sara Didion, 32, was charged with two counts of operating vehicle intoxicated, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of possession of marijuana, failure to have child in safety seat, failure to stay in marked lanes, resisting arrest, failure to control and persistent disorderly conduct.
At about 9:30 p.m. Sunday a motorist reported a veering 2000 Dodge Durango that was headed east on Bogart Road.
“The complaintant advised that they were all over the road and had nearly crashed,” a Perkins police report said. “Dispatch advised that the driver appeared to be passed out at the wheel.”
Deputies stopped the Durango at U.S. 250 and Bogart Road.
When they approached they noticed the driver, identified as Didion, seemed nervous.
“I observed Sara’s hands to be shaking and I could observe her pulse in her neck,” a deputy’s report said.
Deputies also smelled burnt marijuana wafting from the vehicle. Didion told police there was a marijuana pipe in the center console and reached for it. Deputies stopped her short and told her to step out of the vehicle.
After a moment’s hesitation she got out of the car with her hand’s stuffed in her coat pocket.
“I told her to remove her hands until she could be searched,” a deputy’s report said. “I then heard the female begin to raise her voice.”
Once outside police searched her and found a marijuana cigarillo in a coat pocket. Upon searching the car, they found the pipe along with a small amount of marijuana inside the console.
After failing sobriety tests and allegedly admitting to smoking marijuana she refused a breathalyzer. She told deputies it was the pills.
“She stated she is taking prescription medication for stress such as Prozac and Xanax,” a deputy’s report said. “Sara advised she would produce valid prescriptions for the narcotics.”
Deputies then took her to jail.
She posted bond at about 1:30 a.m. and was released.
About 17 hours later Perkins police found the same Dodge Durango stopped in the middle of Perkins Avenue just shy of a green light at Columbus Avenue.
“The Durango was stopped several hundred feet east of the ... intersection with no vehicles in front of it and several vehicles behind it,” a Perkins police report said.
This time when officers checked they found not only Didion at the wheel but also two young girls, ages 6 and 8, in the back seat.
“(The girls)... advised Ms. Didion was falling asleep while she was driving and was going off the roadway,” a report said. “(One girl) then advised Ms. Didion had gone off the roadway and struck something but they weren’t sure where at or what it was.”
Again, police found a marijuana pipe in the Durango’s center console.
Again, she failed sobriety tests and was charged with operating vehicle intoxicated.
“Ms. Didion began crying stating it was her medication — Xanax and Prozac — and that she had done nothing wrong,” a report said.
When officers took Didion to the police station for a urine test she couldn’t keep her eyes open.
“While on station completing paperwork ... I observed she would fall asleep within seconds and would begin snoring,” a report said. “Ms. Didion blamed the falling asleep on her medication.”
Police released Didion to her husband with a strong warning about her sleeping problem.
Officers later retraced the Durango’s route and found a smashed mailbox in the 4700 block of Bogart Road. Pieces of a headlight lens left at the scene of the crash matched damage to the Durango’s busted lens, a report said.
Blood and urine analysis was pending for both incidents late Wednesday.