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A Whippany woman lost control of her vehicle while allegedly driving under the influence of prescription medication. Our NJ legal team has the full story.

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Posted on Feb 28, 2013

A Whippany resident will face charges after crashing her car into a lawn in East Hanover on February 3.

East Hanover Police received a 911 call around 7:40 p.m., saying that there had been an accident at a home on Ridgedale Avenue. When Patrolman Robert Jordan arrived, he found 23-year-old Alicia Grabowski on the lawn next to her vehicle, which had suddenly veered off of Ridgedale Avenue and damaged the homeowner’s landscape and shrubs.

According to the police report, Grabowski told the officers at the scene that her steering wheel had locked up and the brakes were not responsive. When police asked to see her ID, Grabowski fumbled with her wallet but was not able to locate her driver’s license. Jordan noticed that she also had trouble with motor functions, spoke with slurred speech, could not keep her balance, and at one point nearly fell over.

When Jordan asked Grabowski if she had been drinking or had taken any drugs, Grabowski responded that she had taken a Xanax earlier in the day. She said that she had a prescription for the medication, but could not remember when she had taken it. 

Grabowski told the officer that she was having back pain, and Jordan radioed for an ambulance. The East Hanover First Aid Squad treated her for injuries at the scene, and later transported her to St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston. The homeowner was notified of the damage to the property.

Grabowski was later charged with numerous offenses, including driving under the influence of drugs, careless driving, driving on a sidewalk, reckless driving, failure to keep right, failure to produce a driver's license, obstructed view, and driving with an unclear license plate. 

Lt. James Snow added that police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.

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