Man accused of being high on weed crashes into parked car
A man was arrested Sunday morning in Saline on suspicion of being high on marijuana after he crashed his vehicle into a parked car, police said.
Police responded at 6:36 a.m. Sunday to a residence in the 200 block of Monroe Street after being notified of a collision. Upon arrival, officers found a parked car with rear-end damage and the 22-year-old Ypsilanti man’s vehicle a few feet away with front-end damage, a police report indicated.
The man apologized to officers for hitting the car and then said he hit it while attempting to avoid a truck that was in his lane, the report stated. It was the first of many contradicting statements the man gave to police, according to the report.
While speaking with the 40-year-old woman who lived at the residence, and the owner of the parked car, officers observed the man attempting to use a knife to cut the airbag out of his steering wheel, according to the report. Officers had him put the knife in the passenger seat and then searched him, finding a glass pipe in his pocket, according to the report.
It was a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana, according to the report.
The man’s speech was slow and his eyes were bloodshot and watery, the report stated. He told police originally he didn’t smoke marijuana but was unable to explain why the pipe was in his possession, the report stated.
Officers put the man through a series of sobriety tests and eventually placed him under arrest for suspicion of operating under the influence of drugs. Officers found through more investigation there was reason to believe he had smoked marijuana in the hours before the accident, the report stated.
The suspect told police the car had stopped in front of him, causing the collision. Through more investigation, police discovered the car had in fact been parked there since the previous night, the report stated.
Charges are pending against the man and he has been released from police custody.