ARIZONA STRIP – A woman was transported to the hospital Tuesday morning after falling asleep while driving along Interstate 15 and crashing into a guardrail before rolling her car.
At approximately 6:21 a.m. MST, 23-year-old Yarely Rosas, of Beaver Dam, Arizona, was northbound on I-15 in a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant, Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. John T. Bottoms said.
At some point, Rosas dozed off, lost control of her vehicle, smashed into a guardrail and rolled her car off the right side of the roadway near Arizona milepost 5.5.
The woman sustained minor injuries during the crash and was transported by ambulance to Mesa View Hospital in Mesquite, Nevada, for examination.
While Rosas was being examined at the hospital, Bottoms said, a nurse removed Rosas’ bra and discovered what appeared to be illegal drugs, including suspected methamphetamine and another substance authorities were analyzing to positively identify.
“Her inability to keep her vehicle on the highway,” Bottoms said, “was probably due, in some part, by her drug intoxication.”
As a result of the collision, Rosas is now facing misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs and felony drug possession charges, Bottoms said.
“She was wearing her seat belt,” he said, “which saved her from serious injuries.”
Ironically, Bottoms said, you can see the cross in the background of the photo from a previous fatal collision in the same location.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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