Tragedy struck New York City today when an alleged DUI driver plowed into a crowd in Times Square. The driver was allegedly high on synthetic marijuana at the time of the incident. A 26 year old man named Richard Rojas was arrested following the crash which killed one person and injured at least twenty two others. Media outlets are reporting that Rojas, a U.S. Navy veteran and Bronx native who had several prior DUI arrests, tested positive for the banned synthetic drug K2.
K2, Spice, and Green Giant, to name a few, are common names for synthetic marijuana and can be especially potent. The activity of these synthetic cannabinoids can be hundreds of times stronger than marijuana on a dose-by-dose comparison. All of the synthetic chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana are illegal to possess, sell, and use in the United States. Effects of the drug include violent rages, confusion, anxiety, vomiting, high blood pressure, tremor, seizures, hallucinations, and paranoia. Increased heart rate with chest pain and kidney failure are also associated with synthetic marijuana use.
Tragedies like that which took place in Times Square will heighten law enforcement efforts nationwide to crackdown on DUI drivers. While their intentions are well taken, some officers may become overzealous in their efforts to stop and arrest DUI drivers. While some drivers may deserve to be arrested and taken off the roads, others will be falsely arrested and accused. CONTACT our office today if you have been arrested for DUI and speak with a skilled Los Angeles DUI defense lawyer. Berglund Law Office, P.C. specializes in DUI law and representation of persons facing DUI charges.