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Drug Use Suspected by Driver Endangering Motorists

(La Porte County, IN) - A Michigan City area woman is charged with driving impaired after posing a significant threat to other motorists and coming to rest on top of a guard rail.


Shelby Sue Pippin, 26, was reported to be "swerving all over the roadway" on Johnson Road near 500 West at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to La Porte County Police.


Police say Pippin briefly turned into the Windsor Hill Subdivision, where she took out two mailboxes and their posts before returning to Johnson Road. However, it wasn't long before her 2006 Mazda came to rest on top of a guard rail on Johnson Road in the area of Interstate 94. Pippin was crying when asked by an officer to step out of the vehicle.


No alcohol was detected in her bloodstream, but another test indicated possible consumption of prescription drugs, police said. Pippin revealed she had taken some of her prescribed Xanax pills a few hours before the crash. She also mentioned the life-threatening drug Fentanyl and claimed to have a "former addiction." 


Pippin was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and other counts like leaving the scene of an accident.

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