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Report: Hosey blood sample tests positive for marijuana

Reported by: Marissa Mike
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Updated: 9/21/2012 8:06 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Blood samples taken from Gary Lee Hosey Jr, the man accused of crashing into a bus stop and killing four people have come back positive for marijuana, according to documents obtained by News 3.

According to the results from metro's forensic lab, Hosey tested positive for THC, the active chemical found in marijuana, and metabolites found in people who have recently consumed or smoked the substance.

These documents shed light on the findings of a forensic scientist who tested Hosey's blood for drugs and alcohol.

The report says he also had alcohol. Hosey's blood was tested twice for alcohol -- both times they were under the legal limit of 0.08.

His blood was drawn nearly two hours after the crash; the first time he registered at 0.063, and the second time at 0.054.

The arrest report details the officers' observations: Hosey’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and they say his breath smelled like alcohol.

The arrest report says he showed all the signs of impairment consistent with being under the influence.

Dr. Jay Coates with UMC treated patients on that fateful Thursday morning. He says just because someone is under the legal limit doesn't mean they should get behind the wheel.

“We’re not talking about the fall-down, sloppy drunks,” he said. “A lot of these are the walking inebriated who think they're in complete control. It sounds like someone was driving at excessive speed.”

Speed was a major factor of the deadly crash, according to Metro. The arrest report says Hosey admitted to hitting a dip in the road and losing control. Although he said he did not remember what happened next, the results left a community heartbroken: families without loved ones, others suffering through excruciating pain.
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