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Pot Suspected in Fatal Head-on Collision in Cherokee Co.

On Tuesday, a head-on collision in Cherokee County left a 29-year-old man dead, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Jemail Raymont Jones was reportedly fleeing from the police when he crashed head-on into a truck. While alcohol isn't suspected, state troopers reported smelling "burnt marijuana" in Jones' car.

A Cherokee County deputy tried to stop Jones in his Pontiac Grand Prix on Tuesday night, but Jones allegedly sped off, running a red light near Bells Ferry Road. Jones then crossed over into oncoming traffic, hitting a Chevrolet Colorado pickup head-on, according to authorities.

Jones died in the collision. Two passengers in his car were hurt, as were the driver and a passenger in the truck. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life-threatening. All four injured were transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta.

According to authorities, Jones' car smelled of marijuana. With Breathalyzer units, it's easy to determine whether a person has been driving while drunk. However, there's no Breathalyzer equivalent that can test for drugs, making it hard for police to immediately determine whether a driver is under the influence of narcotics.

In order to work around these limitations, 15 states, including Georgia, have passed "per se" drugged driving laws. These laws make it illegal to operate a motor vehicle with any detectable amount of certain drugs in your system. That means if any amount of a controlled substance is found in your system, you'll get the same DUI charge as if you were driving drunk.

The Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the crash. They haven't yet stated whether Jemail Raymont Jones was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident.

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