HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—Search warrants reveal that the Mechanicsville doctor charged in connection with fatally crashing his car into a pedestrian Monday morning had alcohol and prescription drugs in his vehicle.
Around 8:15 a.m. on Jan. 13, Dr. Michael J. Carlson, 47, was driving west on East Patrick Henry Road in Ashland when he struck and killed Meg Menzies, a mother of three and wife of Ashland Police Sergeant Scott Menzies, who was jogging along the street.
According to court records, Carlson's blood alcohol content was .11 at the time of the crash.
Carlson was arraigned in court Tuesday morning on charges of DUI and involuntary manslaughter. Because he had a clean record prior to Monday's incident, he was granted a $25,000 secured bond. However, he is not allowed to operate a motor vehicle and must wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet.
ABC 8 News obtained search warrants for Carlson's gray 2008 Toyota Sequoia, which state that a 12-ounce bottle of Samuel Adams Winter Lager, a prescription bottle of Prednisone containing 20-mg tablets, and a sample package of Levitra, which treats erectile dysfunction, were discovered in the SUV. All items were seized, along with Carlson's iPhone 4.
The responding officer in the case stated that Carlson claimed he had been driving to work and reached down to adjust the radio. When he looked up, he saw Menzies in his path, but was unable to avoid hitting her. The officer also said that Carlson's eyes were red and his speech was slurred. He smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet. Carlson claimed that he had been drinking around 10 p.m. the night before, but hadn't consumed any alcohol since.
Flowers and running shoes now mark the spot where Meg Menzies was struck and killed.
"She had a very gentle spirit about here," said Menzies' friend Brenda Kidd. "She was very humble, and she just had an internal joy that she could spread to others."
Menzies' funeral will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 at Cool Spring Baptist Church in Hanover County. The church is expecting several hundred people to attend, and the service will be held at the worship center at 9283 Atlee Station Road.
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