Local man busted for DUI claims to be 'high' not drunk

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – The Spokane Valley Sheriff's Office is investigating a traffic stop where a man was arrested for driving under the influence on Saturday morning.

Deputies said around 1:40 a.m. near Sprague Avenue and Pines Street they observed a Chevrolet Monte Carlo driving above posted speed limits and weaving in and out of their lane.

When deputies pulled over the driver, later identified as Marcus E. White, 27, he told them he had drank one beer, had smoked marijuana prior to driving, and had marijuana inside the car.

At first, White told deputies he would not perform field sobriety tests because he was fine and was almost to his destination. White also told deputies he did not want his young child, who was sleeping in the front seat of the vehicle, to see all of this.

The deputy told White he wanted to make sure he was okay to drive, and White agreed to perform the tests.

After the test, the deputy offered White a breath test to which White declined. The deputy then placed White under arrest for DUI.

White told deputies that while he might be "high" he was not intoxicated. White told deputies he did not know someone could get a DUI for marijuana.

Deputies said White repeatedly told them marijuana was legal and that he was not intoxicated, but rather "high"

Deputies released White's child to a family member and contact Child Protective Services. White was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for DUI.


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