Beer, Prescription Meds found in Carlson’s Car

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

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.

and running shoes
now mark the spot where Meg Menzies was struck and

“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.


Copyright 2014 by Young
Broadcasting of Richmond

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