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Police: Driver admitted smoking pot before deadly crash

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Milwaukie man driving through Vancouver is charged with vehicular homicide after police said he was under the influence of marijuana when he hit and killed a man Monday night.

According to a Clark County probable cause document, Scotty Rowles, 47, told police at the scene he had smoked "a bowl of marijuana" about an hour before the crash.

The officer said he could smell a slight odor of marijuana on the suspect's breath and also noted his eyes were very red and watery.

Rowles told the officer he had allergies and had been crying, according to court documents.

Police said Rowles hit and killed Donald Collins, 62, just before 6 p.m. at East Mill Plain and North Andresen Road.

Police believe this is the first deadly crash involving marijuana since it became legal in Washington.

Investigators said Collins was close to two different lit and controlled intersections, but instead stepped out in the middle of traffic to try and cross the road.

Police said they would not have charged Rowles if he wasn't high, because Collins stepped out into the street.

However, Rowles now faces the charge of vehicular homicide because Washington law dictates that the driver is at fault for any crash if they are under the influence of intoxicants.

Collins lived in an apartment complex about a mile and a half from where he was killed.

Rowles made his first appearance in a Clark County courtroom Tuesday. He will be back in court on Dec. 28.

After his arrest, Rowles submitted to a blood test that was entered into evidence to be checked for the presence of marijuana. Those results have not yet been revealed.

Court documents show Rowles has no prior DUI convictions.

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