The driver of a Dodge Charger was issued a citation for operating under the influence of drugs and careless driving following an accident on northbound U.S. 23 just past Thompson Road on Friday, Jan. 7.
According to a press release from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched for a personal injury accident involving a Dodge Charger, Penske box truck, Chevrolet Silverado and a semi truck. Weather conditions were snowy and cold.
“Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the driver of the Dodge Charger, who was bleeding from the face and complained of arm and leg injuries. The driver of the Dodge Charger had a strong odor of marijuana coming from his person and admitted to deputies that he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day,” according to the press release.
Witnesses on scene said the Dodge Charger driver was going too fast on the Thompson Road exit ramp. It spun sideways into the Penske box truck, which then struck the Chevrolet Silverado, according to the release. The semi truck had to swerve into the ditch to avoid a collision with the disabled vehicles.
The Dodge Charger driver was transported to Hurley Medical Center where medical professionals administered a blood draw. He was cited for operating under the influence of drugs and careless driving.
The driver of the Penske box truck, Chevrolet Silverado and Semi truck were uninjured.
The incident caused traffic to be diverted off northbound U.S. 23 at Thompson Road.
The case is still being investigated by the Office of Genesee County Sheriff. The public is asked to call 911 if they see anything suspicious or unusual.