Drugged woman who wrecked car with kids inside sentenced

MOUNT PENN, Pa. - A Berks County woman has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs when she struck an off-duty detective's pickup truck.

Three small children were in her car at the time, as well.

Deena Piccarreta was twice administered the overdose-reversing drug naloxone after the car she was driving went up on a sidewalk and struck a utility pole in the 2700 block of Perkiomen Avenue in Mount Penn on August 26, 2016, police said.

Piccarreta eventually regained consciousness; the three children were not seriously injured.

Police say they found a silver spoon, a hypodermic needle, and several white bags of suspected heroin in the car's center console.

Police also say Piccarreta, who was driving with a suspended license, later admitted she was on her way home to Earl Township after buying heroin from a dealer in Reading and having "shot several bags" prior to leaving.

According to her defense attorney, Piccarreta pleaded guilty last week to DUI and endangering the welfare of a child and was sentenced to nine months in jail.

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