Preview: Kent County woman uses 'sleep driving' defense

Who is at fault for the dangerous actions? Find the whole story on WZZM 13 at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 and at the same time on WZZM13.com.

KENT COUNTY -- A woman nearly caused multiple traffic accidents and later used a surprising defense in court to say she's "not guilty."

Operating a vehicle while intoxicated is a serious offense that should be punished severely. But can a woman be found guilty of a crime she doesn't remember committing?

In November 2015, Kathleen Bailey was jailed in her pajamas, claiming the last thing she remembers is sleeping.

According to eyewitnesses, she was driving all over the road, almost striking four people and blowing through a stop sign.

Bailey had no alcohol in her system. Bailey started taking the sleep aid Ambien 10 years ago as she recovered from breast cancer treatments and had never had a reaction to it until this day.

"I remember being put into a holding cell with other women -- it was pretty frightening," Bailey said.

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