CHENEY, Wash. -- A local teenager now faces vehicular assault charges after his SUV rolled and his five passengers were hurt.
The crash happened around 10:15 p.m. in the 13700 block of Betz Road near Cheney.
Crews arrived on scene to find a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder in a wheat field after it rolled off the road.
Two of the six teenagers in the Pathfinder were ejected in the crash. One of them, a 17-year-old girl, had to be flown by MedStar to a local hospital for critical injuries. Medics transported the other teens.
The sheriff’s office says the 16-year-old driver was smoking marijuana before the wreck. Marijuana was allegedly found in the vehicle, as well. According to the deputies’ investigation, the driver was speeding at the time of the crash.
The driver was arrested for vehicular assault. Investigators must wait about six weeks for results of his blood tests.
The 17-year-old girl remains in the ICU. The other passengers suffered only minor injuries.
The road was closed for about five hours.