The lack of training and education of dispensary employees was part of the defense for a woman accused of murder in San Diego.
A mistrial has been declared in the trial for a San Diego accused of driving high on marijuana and causing a crash that crumbled a vintage Porsche and killed a passenger two years ago
Her attorney told jurors Wednesday she was “catastrophically impaired” after smoking a strain of unrealized potency and argued she was not guilty of murder because she was given little or no warning of its strength.
Hyun Choi, 33, faces three felony charges including murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI under the influence of drugs causing injury.
She was arrested on March 27, 2016, following a collision on Pomerado Roadbetween Caminito Alto and Sycamore Test Road.
Amanda Walzer, 43, was riding in a 1956 Porsche that had only lap seat belts and no airbags
When Choi’s vehicle traveled over the raised median, it collided with the Porsche, killing Walzer and injuring the Porsche driver.
When her trial began Wednesday, attorney Stephen G. Cline told jurors that his client cannot be convicted of murder because his client had been sold Jupiter OG after a brief visit to a licensed medical marijuana dispensary.
Choi “made a naive and negligent mistake,” he said, adding the lack of training of marijuana dispensary staff compounded the issue.
Choi, who had a medicinal marijuana card for social anxiety disorder, purchased the marijuana based on the packaging after “roughly 9 minutes” of consultation with dispensary employees, Cline said.
He said she pulled over on her way home, took a couple of puffs and started driving.
The collision took place approximately six miles from the dispensary.
Cline said his client lost her hearing as well as control over her arms and legs before the crash.
“She had no idea what she left that store with in regards to strength,” the attorney told jurors.
Officers found two different types of marijuana in Choi’s vehicle as well as a marijuana pipe that was still warm to the touch, the prosecutor said.
An officer testified in court Thursday that Choi tried to hide a pipe after the crash. Her attorneys challenged the statement and a judge ordered the prosecution to produce a report of the officer’s observation.
When they could not find the report, the judge determined the officer’s testimony tainted the jury and a mistrial was declared.
The judge and attorneys are scheduled to meet next week to determine a new trial date.
NBC 7 has reached out to the dispensary involved to get more information regarding Choi’s visit.
Choi faces a maximum of 22 years to life if convicted of all three charges.
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York County Supervisor Chad Green was arrested Saturday night on the Poquoson River.
Ellen Bolen, a spokeswoman for Virginia Marine Resources Commission, said Green was charged with not having a stern light on his boat, boating under the influence, and refusal and failing to stop.
Marine Police stopped him sometime between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, she said. She did not know whether the boat he was driving was his.
Green was taken into custody at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, where he was later released.
The investigation is ongoing, Bolen said.
In a statement, Green said he was on his way home from dinner at a local waterfront restaurant with his wife and her friend when he noticed a VMRC boat with its lights on. He said he didn’t realize they were approaching his boat.
“Once I realized they were approaching us, I signaled VMRC that I was going to my lighted dock (approximately 500 feet away) for their stop for both our safety,” he said, adding it was “never my intent” to give the impression he was evading the police and that he had “great respect” for law enforcement.
“Alcohol was involved and I did make errors in judgement and want to acknowledge that I will accept any and all responsibility for my actions and will work every day to do better to serve the people of York County,” he wrote in the release.
Shelley Ward, a spokeswoman for the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, said VMRC called YPSO for assistance, and a deputy was on scene to assist if needed.
“I’m not sure the extent of our deputy’s involvement,” she said, adding the sheriff’s office doesn’t comment on other entities’ investigations.
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An alleged drunk driver crashed through a fence at Chattanooga police headquarters late Friday night.
The driver was identified as Darwin Patterson, 45. He was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, driving left of the center line, reckless driving, driving under the influence 2nd offense, no proof of insurance and driving without a license.
A Chattanooga police officer pumping gas at the Amnicola Highway facility heard tires squealing and an engine revving before he heard a loud boom, more squealing tires and another boom shortly after 11 p.m., according to an affidavit. He then found a red pickup truck had crashed into a telephone pole before driving into a fence surrounding the service center.
The driver refused to answer the officer’s questions, stating over and over he was afraid of white police, according to the affidavit. He also gave the officer a fake name, according to the affidavit. The officer believed the man was drunk due to his slurred speech and the smell of alcohol. He was taken to a local hospital to get stitches in his lip from an injury sustained during the crash.
While at the hospital, Patterson cursed loudly and “got up into Officer Cookes face and squared up to him like he wanted to fight,” according to the affidavit.
Patterson was then restrained while the doctor finished stitching his lip. He was then taken to the county jail.
Officers served Patterson with a search warrant to test his blood alcohol level. Patterson refused to allow nurses to take a blood sample and attempted to fight the corrections officers, according to the affidavit. He was put into a restraining chair so blood could be drawn. Results of the test are pending.
Patterson was also charged with a DUI in 2003.
The department account tweeted the following message: “DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE, but if you choose to…crashing the vehicle you are driving at police headquarters makes it much easier for CPD Officers to arrest you. #dontdrinkanddrive”
The crash occurred Friday afternoon on State Route 3 in central Ohio’s Knox County. The State Highway Patrol says 59-year-old Earnest Bennett, of Fredericktown failed to stop in time, killing 13-year-old Andy Miller and injuring 5-year-old Leroy Miller and 35-year-old Albert Miller. All three were tossed from the buggy after it was struck.
Albert Miller was taken to a Columbus hospital for serious injuries. Leroy Miller was flown to a children’s hospital in Columbus for life-threatening injuries.