Court docs: Driver in crash tested positive for marijuana

Jessica M. Peterson, 28, is pictured in her jail booking photo. (May 3, 2013. Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.)
Jessica M. Peterson, 28, is pictured in her jail booking photo. (May 3, 2013. Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A 28-year-old woman accused of crashing into a motorcyclist this week had been smoking marijuana, court documents state.

Jessica M. Peterson was arrested after colliding into motorcycle operated by 26-year-old Chase Ivey, Portland police said.

The crash was reported Tuesday night in the 4600 block of Northeast Portland Highway.

When officers got to the scene, Peterson was sitting in her vehicle. An officer from the Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team reported Peterson’s vehicle smelled strongly of marijuana, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Officer Colin Sorenson conducted a drug evaluation, and Peterson later admitted she had used marijuana and pain medicine earlier in the day, the documents read. Officers eventually determined Peterson was under the influence of cannabis at the time of the crash.

Investigators said Peterson was driving eastbound on Northeast Portland Highway in an Acura Legend when she crossed over into oncoming traffic and struck Ivey on his Suzuki motorcycle. Sgt. Pere Simpson, a police spokesperson, said Peterson then struck a Volkswagen Cabrio that was also driving west.

Ivey was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with three compound fractures in his leg and a shattered elbow, court documents state. The female driver of the Cabrio was not hurt.

Peterson was transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center when deputies noticed she was making “strange movements” with her mouth during the booking processes. The deputies asked Peterson if she had anything in her mouth. She responded “no,” but then spit out a baggie that later test positive for methamphetamine, Deputy District Attorney Jeff Auxier wrote in court documents.

Peterson was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon on charges of second-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief, driving under the influence of intoxicants, possession of meth, reckless driving and supplying contraband.

The case will be reviewed by a grand jury.

Peterson is expected back in court May 10.

Brent Weisberg

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