Facing the charge of driving under the influence or DUI doesn’t just mean driving while you’ve consumed alcohol and are over the legal limit. A DUI charge can also result if you are under the influence of marijuana, other illegal narcotics, or even drugs prescribed by your doctor.
The Orange County Register reports that a driver suspected of being under the influence of marijuana was arrested after a fatal crash involving a car and a motorcycle in Orange on Monday, September 20, 2021.
According to a statement released by Sgt Phil McMullin with the Orange Police Department, the crash happened at approximately 5:27 p.m. at the intersection of North Orange Olive Road and Meats Avenue.
Investigating officers at the scene said that the motorcyclist was headed northbound on North Orange Olive Road when a Nissan headed southbound made a left turn on to eastbound Meats Avenue and hit the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was thrown from his vehicle onto the pavement.
Paramedics and emergency crews from the North Orange Fire Department were dispatched to the scene immediately following the crash. The unidentified motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene.
The unidentified driver of the Nissan remained at the scene. Orange Police officers interviewed the driver and then placed them under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana.
The driver is currently facing charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
The accident is still currently under investigation.
No further information was available at the time of the report.