Crime

Missing pain pills led to charges against driver in Kohl's crash

Twenty-three pain pills were missing from a prescription filled the day before the driver of a sport-utility vehicle crashed into a Kohl's department store last week, according to court documents.

Whitney Lochmueller, who is charged with driving under the influence, filled a prescription for 100 tablets of the pain reliever tramadol on Tuesday. When officers arrived at the crash scene about 4 p.m. Wednesday, 77 pills were in the bottle, and Lochmueller "was confused and incoherent" after the collision and the "entire time while en route and at the hospital," according to a uniform citation filed in Fayette District Court.

On Friday, Lochmueller's family issued a news release stating that toxicology reports done at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital showed no evidence of "alcohol or drugs of abuse."

Tramadol is not on the National Institute for Drug Abuse's list of common drugs of abuse. However, it was added in 2009 to the list of controlled substances monitored through the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system, according to a release from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Tramadol is found in the medicines Ultram and Ultram ER. According to Ultram's Web site, seizures have been reported in people taking tramadol.

Lochmueller, 29, also is charged with wanton endangerment and criminal mischief. She was not arrested on the charges. Asked why, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said police could not elaborate because the investigation is ongoing.

Lochmueller's 6-year-old twin siblings were in the vehicle when it hit a Toyota occupied by Melissa and Richard McQueen and their 4-year-old son and then crashed into Kohl's. The McQueens were treated at the scene.

Lochmueller is the daughter of former University of Kentucky basketball player Steve Lochmueller.

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