Police: Driver Under Influence of Painkillers at Time of Crash Where Teen Hurt

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A Scranton woman who police say hit a 14-year-old girl and a crossing guard last year is behind bars right now.

Jamie Rutledge was arraigned Wednesday morning on more than a dozen criminal charges.

The crash happened on October 29th at the intersection of Pittston Avenue and Maple Street.

Investigators say blood tests showed Jamie Rutledge was under the influence of a painkiller at the time and her results were in the “toxic range.”

What is more shocking, according to detectives, is this is Rutledge’s third DUI arrest since April.

As school let out Wednesday, students from South Scranton Intermediate School crossed the intersection of Pittston Avenue and Maple Street like normal.

For students like Shannon Core, it is now done with a little more caution after a fellow student, 14-year-old QuaAngela Richardson was hit along with a crossing guard in late October.

“When we seen that she was hit everybody started to cry,” Core remembered.

Jamie Rutledge, the woman who police say was driving the car was arraigned Wednesday morning on DUI and aggravated assault charges.

Prosecutors say she was under the influence of the painkiller Xanex at the time of the wreck.

“DUI’s don’t have to occur after 11:00 o’clock at night. I think it shows that DUI’s don’t have to involve alcohol or illicit drugs,” Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon said.

For about a month after the crash, a Scranton police officer kept an extra eye on the intersection where the wreck took place. There is now a new crossing guard at the location.

Sal Torrisi has been a crossing guard himself for ten years. He works just one block down.

He was most surprised to hear this was Rutledge’s third DUI case since April.

“You give somebody one, two, after the time time, it’s pretty inevitable,” Torrisi said.

“I think this needs to be a wake-up call for everyone,” Scanlon said.

The crossing guard that was hit was treated and released from the hospital shortly after the crash.

As for the 14-year-old girl, she is still getting medical treatment for her injuries.

Jamie Rutledge is now locked-up on $50,000 bail in Lackawanna County.

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