Courts & Crime

'Drugged' driving turns drivers into killers

An Oakdale man who police said had taken an eight-drug cocktail including morphine drove his truck into oncoming traffic in December 2006, killing five men carpooling to work at a tree nursery.

Investigators said Xanax, a central nervous system depressant, and the anti-anxiety drug citalopram were to blame when a 36-year-old Turlock woman rolled through a stop sign and slammed a school bus into a house.

Law enforcement officials — from area DUI officers to the U.S. drug czar — say "drugged driving" is a serious and growing problem that has long been overshadowed by the war on drunk driving.

Read the complete story at