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Man drives car while eating marijuana cookies and possessing gun

By Mason White 12:42 PM February 5, 2016
Chocolate chip cookies (illustration) 

By: Chan Yuan
A man was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence after allegedly driving a car while eating marijuana cookies, police in Washington said.

Seattle police said that the arrested the man on Saturday evening in Capitol Hill, after his expired license plates caught the attention of officers who soon discovered that he was driving while high on marijuana cookies.

The incident began after officers spotted the man’s SUV with expired plates driving near 10th Avenue and East Pike Street.

Officers Matt Blackburn and Brian Sunderland, as well as Sergeant Ben Morrison, stopped the SUV and began speaking with the driver.

Morrison spotted a gun lying on the floor of the SUV, and asked the driver and passenger to exit the car.

Officers searched the SUV and found one gun under the passenger seat, where another man who is a convicted felon and prohibited from handling firearms, had just been sitting. The driver told police that the gun was his, and officers released the passenger from the scene pending further investigation.

While police were talking to the driver, they noticed he was showing signs of impairment and arrested him for driving under the influence.

The driver later admitted to having eaten two marijuana infused cookies. Officers booked the driver into King County Jail.

He was charged with illegal carrying of a firearm, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.