Appellant's trial. Consideration of the remaining issues on appeal, except for
the directed verdict question, is abated pending resolution of the juror issue.
On June 24, 2010, in Martin County, Kentucky, Appellant Ross BrandonSluss crashed his Ford F-150 pickup truck into an SUV carrying severalpassengers, one of whom was Destiny Brewer, who died as a result of herinjuries. Three other passengers were injured.At the scene of the crash, Appellant was administered two types of fieldsobriety tests, which he failed. He was not immediately arrested but was givena second test by a deputy familiar with Appellant's normal mannerisms. Uponfailing this test, Appellant was arrested for driving under the influence.
Appellant admitted that he had smoked marijuana earlier that day, and at that
point, was given his
Appellant subsequently refused to consent to blood or urine tests, and a
search warrant to withdraw blood and for a urinalysis was obtained. Appellant
later consented to the blood test. But he was resistant to the urinalysis, and
provided a small amount of urine. The blood screen indicated the presence ofcannabinoid metabolites (marijuana) and a number of other medications,
the generic name of an opioid pain drug often marketed underthe brand names OxyContin and Percocet.
Alprazolam is the generic name of a type of benzodiazepine often marketed
under the brand name Xanax.
Hydrocodone is the generic name of another opioid pain drug. It is marketedunder numerous brand names, including Lortab.
Meprobamate is a tranquilizer.