Police: Taxi driver pulled over near strip club was under influence of marijuana

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield Police pulled over a taxi driver who they say was under the influence of marijuana early Monday morning.

Police say 61-year-old John Jelley of Eugene was driving the taxi on Mohawk Boulevard without headlights or tail lights on with a customer in the car.

Springfield Police say the taxi was taking the customer from the Sweet Illusions Strip Club when the officer stopped the vehicle.

Police say the driver showed signs of impairment when speaking to the officer.

“The officer contacted the driver and subsequent investigation determined that the driver was driving on intoxicants, specifically marijuana,” said Sgt. Brian Humphreys.

According to police, there was a distinct smell of burnt marijuana in the taxi.

In a search of the vehicle, police say they found marijuana paraphernalia.

Jelley was arrested and sent to the Springfield municipal jail.

Police stress to drivers that operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. They say don’t get into a car with someone you think may be impaired.

“Driving is a divided attention task and when you start to impair that it makes the task dangerous,” said Sgt. Humphreys. “So a lot of the things that officers look for, with impaired driving can stem from the use of narcotics, and stem from the use of marijuana–prescription drugs there is a lot of things, that can impair our ability to drive safely above and beyond just the use of alcohol.”

According to police, Jelley called another taxi driver to take the customer home.

Jelley is charged with DUII and reckless driving.

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