Police: Woman on Xanax crashes car, charged with DUI in Jersey City


A Pennsylvania woman admitted to being on Xanax when she crashed into a car in Jersey City, presenting police with a lunchbox full of 20 prescription bottles in her name before being charged with driving under the influence, officials said.

Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.
Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Linda Natelson, 54, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, careless driving and failure to yield at an intersection on Wednesday evening, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

At about 10: 20 p.m. on Wednesday, Port Authority police responded to a car accident at the intersection of 14 Street and Marin Boulevard in Jersey City, authorities said.

The accident involved Natelson’s 2002 Nissan and another passenger car. When police encountered her, she complained of an injury to her collar bone, police said.

In response, a police officer called an ambulance for the suspect. She got out of her Nissan and while attempting to walk to the waiting ambulance, could not maintain her balance and was helped to the ambulance, officials said.

Once inside the ambulance, she suddenly refused medical attention and was again given help walking as she exited the ambulance since she was stumbling and disoriented, authorities said.

She later made statements admitting to have taken Xanax, showing police she was in possession of a lunchbox filled with 20 Xanax prescription bottles in her name, police said.

Natelson was placed under her arrest, her car was impounded and she ultimately refused medical attention, officials said.


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