Springfield Police: Driver high on pot hits 15-year-old on bike

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Police officials say a man was driving stoned late Saturday night when he struck a 15-year-old boy who was riding his bike on Main Street in Springfield.

The teenager was taken to Riverbend Hospital with minor injuries.

Springfield Police received a call about a vehicle vs. bike crash at the crosswalk near 51st and Main Street at around 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

According to a police report, the teenager was riding his bike in circles on Main Street near the crosswalk. The crosswalk warning lights were not flashing, said Springfield Police Sergeant Richard Jones.

Officers said Jake Walsh, 36, of Springfield was driving east on Main St. when he struck the 15-year-old with his car.

Officers suspected Walsh was under the influence and called over a drug recognition expert from the Eugene Police Department. Sobriety tests confirmed that Walsh was under the influence of marijuana, Springfield Police said.

"As far as the accident goes it sounds like it might have been the bicyclist who was at fault. It just happened to have been hit by someone who was driving under the influence," said Sgt. Jones. "Still, somebody who is operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana, it's considered a DUI."

He was charged with for driving under the influence of intoxicants - cannabis and taken to the Springfield Municipal Jail.