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Spokane County Sheriff's Office friendly reminder: You CAN get a DUI for driving under the influence of marijuana

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

The recent arrest of a Spokane Valley man who didn't know you could be arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana has prompted the Spokane County Sheriff's Office to reiterate: You can be arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana. 

The Sheriff's Office is issuing this public service announcement after a Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy pulled over a man early Saturday morning who apparently didn't know he could be arrested for it. 

Deputy Todd Miller saw a car make a wide turn onto Sprague Avenue, then saw the same car speeding and making additional wide turns. The deputy stopped the car and spoke with the 27-year-old driver, Marcus E. White. The deputy smelled marijuana coming from inside the car and also observed White's eyes were red and glassy. 

White, who admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking a beer, told the deputy he would not perform a field sobriety test because he was "fine and almost to his destination." White also had his young child sleeping  in the front seat and explained he didn't want the child to "see all of this." The deputy explained to White he just wanted to see if he was okay to drive, so White then agreed to the tests. 

Based on the tests, the deputy believed White was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and placed him under arrest. According to the Sheriff's Office, White said marijuana was legal and he "might be high, but he was not intoxicated," and then stated he didn't know someone could get a DUI for marijuana. 

White's child was released to a family member and his car was towed. The Sheriff's Office says Child Protective Services was notified of the incident. 

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