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By Peter Surowski
A man accused of killing an elderly woman was driving on heavy prescription drugs, police records show.
The suspect, Temecula resident Harry Shane Scholes, 55, was charged with murder, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while driving under the influence of controlled substances and driving on a suspended or revoked license. He pleaded guilty last month, according to court records.
He was held on $1 million bail, according to jail records. To read more about the crash, click here.
Scholes was unable to remember details about the fatal crash that killed 87-year-old Charlotte Boyce and her dachshund, according to an affidavit supporting a search warrant.
“Scholes was unable to explain how his vehicle ended up on the curb, but recalled everything else leading up to and after the collision,” wrote sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Gruwell in the affidavit.
This was probably because Scholes was on a slew of prescription medications to treat depression, Gruwell wrote.
“I believe he was under the influence of prescription drugs, which caused him to lose control of his vehicle,” he wrote.
The suspect admitted to taking Klonopin, Serquel, Plendil, Cmybalta, Metoplin and Norco about two hours before the crash. All of those but Plendil and Metoplin impair thinking and reactions, according to Gruwell.
Investigators searched Scholes’ home in the 31000 block of Via San Carlos and found partially filled bottles of Seroquel, Clonazepam, Metoprolol Tartrate, Felodipine, Hydrocodone, Cymbalta and Lipitor.