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Nurse Charged in Wrong-Way Crash Detoured Into Rehab

Last week, Beverly Wilkins drove in the wrong direction on Ga. 316, causing an accident that injured five other people. According to authorities, Wilkins was on Propofol, a powerful sedative commonly used for anesthesia.

On Thursday, a Gwinnett County judge approved a $100,000 bond that will allow Wilkins to enter a 12-week residential rehab program to help kick her drug habit, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Once rehab is complete, Wilkins will then be on house arrest while her case is pending.

Wilkins, 37, of Dacula, reportedly drove her SUV three miles in the wrong direction on Ga. 316 before crashing into a Honda Civic. Wilkins and five others suffered serious injuries in the crash.

Police believe Wilkins had injected herself with two vials of Propofol before getting behind the wheel. Investigators found an IV bag and a needle in the front seat of her SUV. They also found 10 additional vials of Propofol in Wilkins' purse. Investigators believe she stole the sedative from the Gwinnett Medical Center where she works as a nurse.

Wilkins is facing more than a dozen charges including DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, felony drug charges, and five felony counts of causing serious injury by vehicle.

A driver who causes an accident that leaves another person permanently maimed, disfigured, or brain-damaged can be found guilty of serious injury by vehicle. If convicted on all five counts of this charge, Wilkins could potentially face up to 75 years in prison.

Wilkins' mom put up her Virginia home as collateral for her daughter's $100,000 bond. Wilkins will go straight to the treatment center from jail. She'll have to hand over her passport and submit to random drug and alcohol testing. Once at the rehab center, Wilkins will be monitored 24 hours a day.

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