Driver accused of being high on pot arrested on vehicular homicide charge

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SEATTLE — A 33-year-old driver accused of being high on marijuana has been arrested and booked into the King County Jail for vehicular homicide for an Oct. 4 accident in Bellevue in which a motorcyclist was struck and killed on a downtown street, Bellevue police said Friday.


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The suspect, Caleb J. Floyd, was initially arrested Oct. 4 in connection with the death of Blake Gaston, 23, after his vehicle allegedly struck Gaston’s motorcycle on NE 10th Street and he told police that he had smoked medical marijuana two hours before the accident.  He was released from custody two days later pending completion of the police investigation and toxicology tests on his blood, Bellevue police spokesman Carla Iafrate said.

On Thursday, the King County Prosecutor’s Office notified Bellevue police that it had issued a $100,000 arrest warrant for Floyd for the crime of vehicular homicide. Bellevue police arrested Floyd at his resident in Bellevue without incident and he was booked into the King County Jail on $100,000 bail.

“The investigation revealed that Gaston was following traffic laws,” a Bellevue Police Department news release said. “It also revealed that Floyd showed signs and symptoms of impairment and a search warrant was obtained for his blood.   The lab test result showed he had almost double the amount of marijuana (THC) in his blood as noted under state law. The toxicology for Floyd showed his blood contained 9.8 NG of THC in his blood.  The sample was taken more than three hours after the collision.

“The legal limit of marijuana for driving under the influence, (THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana) in Washington state is 5 NG (Nanograms).  Alcohol and any recreational or prescription drug that impairs your ability to drive a vehicle safely can be considered driving under the influence,” the release said.

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  • guest

    true, comment is this..when I smoke,I wanna wander down the beach & see what kinda shells I can find or go fishing among other things..I have no desire to drive at all..I just plain old don't want to concentrate on other smokers out there take heed..pot being legal is not worth anyones life..including this guys..he's gotta figure out how to live with it..something I would never wish on anyone..and you are ignorant, calling all voters in wash state idiots?..just because MAJORITY RULES & you don't like the law? don't smoke..besides, the legality of pot is not in question (ya IDIOT) someone made a bad decision..haven't you in your life? judging by your one liner self righteous statement I say this to you: people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones..they should GET STONED relax & enjoy the anyone?

  • cwl

    LIFE IN PRISON!!! No it is "idiot". The bad decision was made by all you leftism voters! Its all crooked. Cash transactions. You can take the pot trailer out of the park but you can't take the park out of the pot trailer!!!!

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