Tour Bus Driver Cited for DUI in Crash - 8 News NOW

Tour Bus Driver Cited for DUI in Crash

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LAS VEGAS -- The driver of a tour bus that crashed into several vehicles resulting in 12 people going to the hospital is a facing a DUI charge.

Ray Lussier, 45, was cited for driving under the influence of drugs, failing to use due care and speeding.

The bus he was driving plowed into cars at a red light Sunday evening. According to Metro Police, Lussier said he had smoked Spice, a synthetic marijuana, prior to the wreck.

Lussier was injured in the crash and admitted to the hospital.  Those injured suffered non life-threatening injuries, police said.

Spice is a chemical compound that is banned in many forms, but others remain on the market. It goes by flashy names like Head Trip and Magic Krush or K2.

David Marlon with Solutions Recovery treats people with addictions and says the drug can severely alter behavior.

"Short term risks are you get psychosis. Fifteen percent of clients who use it report getting pretty crazy, losing control," he said.

Investigators say Lussier ran into five cars stopped at a red light near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway.

In February, the Nevada Board of Pharmacy banned seven chemicals in synthetic marijuana.

Dave Wuest, the deputy secretary with the board said it hasn't been enough to stop manufacturers from producing it. He said, they modify the formula just enough so it isn't on the illegal list.

Hererra Coaches, which operates the bus, is based in New Mexico. They have yet to make a comment on the crash.

 

 

 

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