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Car in ditch, driver now facing drug charges

Some people seem to be under the impression that the new marijuana laws in the state of Washington mean that pot-related drug charges no longer exist. This is not true, especially when it comes to driving under the influence of marijuana, which is still very illegal.

A Spokane man is currently in jail on a $5,000 bail after police allegedly found him inside of his vehicle, which was nose-down in a roadside ditch. According to deputies who questioned the man, he smelled of marijuana and his speech was slurred. After refusing to participate in a preliminary screening for alcohol, the 31-year-old man was promptly arrested.

Officers stated that upon a search of the scene of the accident, they seized a small plastic container of marijuana and a marijuana pipe. Court records indicated that the driver of the vehicle was not, in fact, a registered medical marijuana patient.

During a search of the man once he arrived at the detention center, officers claim to have found a small plastic bag holding two pills of the prescription anti-psychotic medication Seroquel inside of his hat. The suspect was charged with a felony count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs for having the two pills on his person. He is also facing misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence and criminal possession of dangerous drugs of the marijuana found in the vehicle.

The charges this man is now facing come with very severe penalties if he is convicted. In any case involving drugs, especially on a felony level, contacting an experienced attorney may be something to look consider.

Source: ravallirepublic.com, "Washington man facing felony, misdemeanor drug charges," Perry Backus, Jan. 15, 2013

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