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Court docs: Driver admitted drinking, pot use before deadly crash

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Two people were killed in a Vancouver crash, and the driver is accused of drinking and using marijuana before slamming his car into a pole.

The crash happened at around 8:40 p.m. Sunday on the 100 block of Southeast Columbia Way. A 2003 Ford Mustang left the roadway and hit a power pole and transformer box.

Police said Jesse Orellano-Leister, 20, of Vancouver, was found dead inside the car. Two others in the car were taken to the hospital.

Benjamin Folk, 25, of Vancouver, later died, Vancouver police reported Tuesday. The third passenger, Maxwell Borders, 19, of Vancouver was treated and released.

Immediately after the crash, police said the driver, Ian Cole, 20, of Ridgefield, ran away from the scene. Court documents state he called Folk's fiance and asked her to come pick him up.

Cole did not attempt to call police, according to the arresting officer's declaration of probable cause.

Officers contacted Cole a short distance from the crash scene. They said he had a bloody lip and blood on his hands, along with red marks on his shoulder from his seat belt. Police said Cole told officers, "I ran, I freaked," when he saw Folk unresponsive in the car.

According to court documents, Cole told police he had been "speeding" down Columbia Boulevard and passing cars illegally. He said he misjudged a corner and lost control of the car.

Witnesses said they saw the car doing 360 degree turns at high speeds in the intersection of Columbia Way and Columbia Shores prior to the crash. Witnesses also reported the car was speeding going both east and west on Columbia Way and passing vehicles in a reckless manner, according to court documents.

Cole said he used marijuana and drank alcohol about two to three hours before the crash. Police stated he had a strong odor of alcohol, along with bloodshot and water eyes. He consented to a breath test that showed a .097 blood-alcohol content.

"The defendant said at the time of the collision he was feeling 'buzzed' from the alcohol," the probable cause document states. "He stated during the collision, the marijuana was making him physically feel 'slow' and he felt, 'relaxed and mellow.'"

A search warrant was obtained to take a sample of Cole's blood.

Cole was arrested and is charged with vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, hit and run resulting in injury and hit and run resulting in death.

At the time of his arrest, according to court documents, Cole stated "suicide doesn't sound like a bad idea," after learning his good friend may not survive.

Cole made his first appearance in court Monday. His bail was set at $150,000. He is due back in court Friday.

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