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Man struck, killed by truck driver on marijuana in Vancouver, police say

By Basoodler, Dec 18, 2012 | Updated: Dec 20, 2012 | | |
  1. Basoodler
    A 47-year-old man is accused of being under the influence of marijuana when his pickup truck fatally struck a pedestrian in Vancouver Monday, police said.

    Scotty R. Rowles, whose last known address is in Milwaukie, was traveling west about 5:50 p.m., on East Mill Plain Boulevard when another man stepped into traffic from a median near North Andresen Road and was hit, said Kim Kapp, a Vancouver police spokeswoman.

    Rowles stayed at the scene, but was arrested when an officer noticed he was under the influence of drugs, Kapp said. She said this is the first fatal pedestrian crash in Vancouver involving marijuana since

    recreational use of the drug was legalized in Washington in November.

    The identity of the man killed has not been released.

    Kapp said the westbound lanes of East Mill Plain Boulevard will be closed for several hours near North Andresen Road for an investigation

    Everton Bailey Jr., The Oregonian
    on December 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM, updated December 17, 2012 at 9:30 PM


  1. Basoodler
    DUI-Marijuana arrest after Vancouver pedestrian struck, killed

    ANCOUVER -- A man who reportedly struck and killed a pedestrian early Monday evening was cited for DUI-Marijuana.

    Police were dispatched to East Mill Plain Boulevard and Andresen Road about 5:50 p.m. on a report of a pedestrian being struck, said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp.

    The driver was westbound on Mill Plain and the pedestrian reportedly stepped onto the street from a median, she said. The pedestrian was dead when officers arrived. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police, she said.

    A second driver nearly hit the pedestrian, she told KGW.

    Scotty R. Rowles, 47, was arrested for DUI-Marijuana after being questioned by a drug recognition expert, she said.

    The name of the pedestrian was not released.

    The arrest comes weeks after the possession of marijuana was made legal by a statewide vote in November. How police enforce pot-impaired driving laws has been part of the public policy debate since the vote.

  2. Basoodler
    Legal pot newest target for Wash. DUII sting

    VANCOUVER – Police in Vancouver are ramping up efforts to keep streets in Washington safe, and with the recent legalization of Marijuana, they have a lot more to look out for.

    Nearly three dozen officers were on patrol Friday night processing DUII drivers in a mobile command unit. While police can rely on traditional methods to detect alcohol, detecting impairment from marijuana is not as easy.

    “We don’t have any x-ray glasses to look to see anything special. It’s that level of impairment that other people can see that we see as well,” said Sgt. Mark Crandall with Washington State Police. “Maybe they have relaxed inhibitions. Maybe they’re stumbling.”

    As the holidays approach, a lot more parties are happening and chances are more people will be drinking and driving.

    Authorities in Washington urge those who are drinking or using marijuana to never get behind the wheel. Instead, designate a driver or call a taxi.

  3. 3rdStoneFromTheSun
    I just don't get these marijuana traffic accidents. Driving wile stoned makes me hyper alert and safer than when I'm not. Are these people just bad drivers to begin with? Or under the influence of other substances as well? Or maybe they just shouldn't be smoking the weed!
  4. monkeyspanker
    Driving a motor vehicle on land, water or in the air under the influence is Never a wise idea, you/we think we're just fine but, really we aren't. I agree some folks are just bad drivers out there, we all think we can 'handle it'.

    This time of year is not the time to prove you can, please call a cab, or designate a sober driver folks, please!!
  5. MikePatton
    When Vancouver police say the man was intoxicated I believe them... Around here a marijuana DUI is determined by a urine test which of course doesn't indicate the guy was stoned while driving, or even this week! I can see the point in measuring active THC levels in blood, at least it's somewhat logical... I really hope this doesn't become a media attack.
  6. GeographyGeography
    Whoever reported this should be shot. Just because someone tests positive for THC using traditional methods of detection doesn't mean a damn thing about whether or not the driver was intoxicated during. This is just plain bad media and sensationalistic reporting. as per usual.
  7. Basoodler
    Found a news wire stating breath tests for tch are moving a long

    ^ I can see people pouring money into that even if its not perfectly accurate

    I wonder how long it will take for a high profile "stoned Driving case to be challenged in court. It doesn't seem like urine testing could prove a person was high while driving beyond a shadow of a doubt.. I mean in states that have legalized it
  8. stryder09
    Urine testing and results do not and cannot lead to any true conscusions on impairment. Once a drug hits the urine, it is not producing a pharmacological effect on the body; it is a waste material.
  9. Phungushead
    Charges dropped against driver in fatal Vancouver crash

    [IMGL="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=30483&stc=1&d=1356013091[/IMGL] VANCOUVER, Wash. – Manslaughter charges were dropped against a man who was arrested on Monday after a deadly crash that killed a man crossing the street in Vancouver.

    Police said 47-year-old Scotty Rowles admitted after the crash that he had earlier been smoking marijuana. Prosecutors said Rowles was originally arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter.

    One of Rowles' family members said despite smoking earlier in the day, he was not impaired when he got behind the wheel.

    On Wednesday, Clark County prosecutors said after reviewing the case, they decided to drop the charge against Rowles. The prosecutors concluded that further investigation was needed, a spokesperson said.

    Rowles is currently not being held on any charges, although the investigation is still open.

    Prosecutors also said despite what a police news release said, Rowles was never charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants.

    62-year-old Donald Collins of Vancouver was killed in the crash. Police said he stepped off a median to cross E. Mill Plain Blvd when he was hit.

    Dec 19, 2012 at 4:48 PM PST

    KATU.com Staff
  10. MikePatton
    Wow, I'm surprised and impressed by how legit their justice system is for dropping the charges like that, my friend recently had his house searched and when he got there the cop asked him how he got home from work and he said "in my car" and so the cop did a urine test and after getting a positive for THC convicted my friend for both possession and DUI!

    I know that this is pretty off-topic but I just wanted to show how impressed I am by the fact that they're actually pursuing justice and not bullshit, geographically speaking this man would have been fucked right now if the same thing happened in a different place.
  11. stryder09
    Either the laws on the books at your friend's place are very Draconian or he had a very bad attorney.

    It'll be interesting to see how this case is truly finished. May be they are not charging officially until a blood sample results come back from the lab?
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