WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A Philadelphia nun facing drunken driving charges says she had a sedative and doesn’t remember crashing her car into a southern New Jersey building.
Sister Kimberly Miller testified Wednesday at her trial in Washington Township she had a glass of wine and an Ambien before going to bed at a convent in Pennsylvania, but woke up in handcuffs.
Miller teaches at Little Flower Catholic School in Philadelphia and was arrested in November 2015 after she drove her car into an auto repair shop at around 2 a.m. in New Jersey. Defense attorney Jeffrey Lindy says she didn’t know Ambien would have that effect.
Miller uses Ambien, a common prescription sleep aid, to deal with pain from chronic arthritis at night, NJ.com reported. Attorneys defending Miller say the woman was driving in her sleep at the time of the crash.
Prosecutors say her actions were against the law regardless of her intentions.
Police say she had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit to drive. But the judge tossed the blood-alcohol test from evidence.
A verdict is expected next Wednesday.
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