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Teen driver tells deputy he 'only smoked a few blunts' before crash

An 18-year-old driver was struggling to keep his balance and smelled of marijuana after crashing his car overnight. Photo courtesy: Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. -- An 18-year-old driver was struggling to keep his balance and smelled of marijuana after crashing his car overnight, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputies responded to a rollover crash on 128th Street East, near Canyon Road East, around 12:25 a.m. Wednesday.

According to witnesses, a blue Ford Focus left the road, then hit and broke a utility pole in half before rolling over and landing on its roof.

The driver and two other passengers managed to crawl out of the car before deputies and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue crews arrived.

Once on scene, deputies say the driver told them he "only smoked a few blunts" an hour before driving.

While treating the driver and two passengers for minor injuries, firefighters found a bag containing 26 Xanax pills and 1.2 grams of marijuana on one of the passengers.

Xanax is a sedative used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.

Deputies also found a plastic bag filled with 18.1 grams of marijuana on the ground after a tow truck righted car.

The driver was cited for driving under the influence. He and one other passenger were taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

This isn't the first time a driver has been "too high" to drive. On Tuesday, Washington State Patrol released results from a blood test on a driver arrested in May that showed he had the highest level of THC recorded in Washington state in at least eight years.

THC is the main active mind-altering ingredient found in the cannabis plant.

That driver, a 53-year-old Lynnwood man, had 54 times the legal limit of THC in his bloodstream.

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