STATES CHRONICLE – A driver was pulled over by the Washington State police after he engaged in a hit-and-run collision. He had to perform several blood tests, which showed he had 54 times the legal THC limit in his blood. This makes him the man who had smoked the most cannabis before going for a drive for the past eight years.
The man had a huge amount of THC in his blood
On May 20th, a man aged 53 engaged in a hit-and-run collision around Interstate 5 and 176th Street in King-Snohomish County, Washington. Several witnesses saw his illicit behavior in traffic and reported it to the police. Twenty minutes later, they stopped him near the county line, and took blood samples for tests.
The results of these tests left everybody amazed. They found 270 nanograms of THC per one milliliter of blood. This is a lot, since the legal limit allowed for drivers older than 21 is of only 5 nanograms of THC per one milliliter of blood. Therefore, the man had exceeded the legal limit 54 times.
Many fatal accidents are caused by driver who smoked before driving
This is not something policemen see every day. For instance, the average quantity of THC found in blood last year was of 3.7 nanograms. The man had the highest quantity of drug found since 2009, putting both his and other people’s life in danger. In 2015, 499 fatal car collisions took place in the state, and 91 of them were caused by drivers who had consumed marijuana before driving.
Policemen could not tell how much marijuana the man had actually smoked, since THC does not build up so easily in blood. It is hard to detect between 3 and 5 hours after it has been consumed. Also, even in the case of chronic users it’s hard for it to make up more than 2 nanograms per milliliter.
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