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Highway patrol: Driver in Midview prom night crash had marijuana in his system


ELYRIA – A Midview High School senior who was behind the wheel in a car crash that killed junior Lindsey Rotuno had marijuana in his system at the time of the accident, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Troopers reported Friday that a toxicology test showed Chase Johnson, 18, had around 49.66 nanograms per milliliter of blood of marijuana metabolites in his system.

The news release announcing the results said that a person with at least 5 nanograms of marijuana metabolites is considered legally impaired for the purposes of driving.

Johnson has not been charged in the case, but the release said the case is being forwarded to Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will’s office to consider possible charges.

Troopers have said Johnson was driving his 2007 Saturn Ion westbound on state Route 82 in Eaton Township following an after-prom event.

The patrol said the Saturn went into the grassy median at the state Route 57 intersection a little after 3 a.m. on May 21.

The vehicle struck two utility poles before coming to a stop.

Johnson, who was wearing a seatbelt, was injured in the crash, while Rotuno, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, received fatal injuries.

Both were taken to University Hospitals Medical Center in Elyria.

The patrol said at the time that although speed and alcohol were not considered factors in the crash, drug use on Johnson’s part was suspected.

A witness who came upon the crash said a crying Johnson told he had fallen asleep at the wheel.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.

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