DETROIT – A Michigan State Police SUV was struck by a pickup truck on the first day that recreational marijuana could be purchased in the state.
A Metro Detroit trooper was policing a traffic crash around 9 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, when a pickup truck spun almost 180 degrees and struck the driver’s side of the patrol SUV, according to a Twitter thread posted by MSP Metro Detroit. It was later determined that the driver of the pickup was under the influence of marijuana.
“This is a reminder that on the day legal marijuana can be purchased, do not smoke and drive,” an MSP tweet said. “Just like alcohol, use a ride service, designated driver or stay home.”
The driver of the pickup, a 51-year-old male, was not injured during the crash, police said. The trooper was transported to a hospital, treated for minor injuries and then released.
The incident occurred on northbound I-75 south of Davisburg in Springfield Township near Detroit, police said. The pickup truck was traveling northbound in the left lane when the driver lost control due to driving too fast for road conditions, police said.
During the crash investigation, it was determined that the driver of the pickup was under the influence of marijuana. He was arrested and a blood draw was administered.