This week, a bus driver was arrested after he allegedly passed out behind the wheel while consuming a bag of THC gummies.

Jinhuan Chen, a Boston bus driver who suddenly passed out on I-95 in Stratford while driving 38 passengers and was arrested at his home in Boston Monday in connection with the March incident.

Chen was charged with 38 counts of first-degree reckless endangerment and was found to have a high level of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his bloodstream after snacking on a bag of what he said he thought were gummy candies. There were no injuries in the incident.

On Tuesday, during a court appearance, Chen who had to speak through a Chinese interpreter claimed he was unaware that the gummies contained THC, “I didn’t know it was marijuana. I didn’t know.”

Here’s what CT Post reported in connection to the incident that happened on March 13:

According to state police, shortly after 3 p.m. on March 13, a trooper was dispatched for reports of a coach bus on the side of I-95 southbound near Exit 30 in Stratford.

State police said the driver, later identified as Chen, was slumped in the driver’s seat unconscious. One of the passengers told the trooper he saw Chen eating something from a bag next to his seat before he passed out.

Police said they found an open bag of “Smokies Edibles Cannabis-Infused Fruit Chews” next to the driver.

Chen was taken to Bridgeport Hospital where police said he was found to have a high level of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his bloodstream.

Police said the passengers, given a choice to wait for a new bus, chose instead to use a ride-sharing service to get home.

Victor Chen, the manager of the bus company Jinhuan Chen worked for, said:

“He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, but he has a sweet tooth and likes candy.”

“This would never have happened a couple of years ago, but now there’s marijuana everywhere here.” 

The Daily Wire previously reported:

Some have claimed that it’s difficult to tell the difference between certain marijuana products and candy or snack packaging. An April study published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal warned that some marijuana edibles packaging looks nearly identical to name-brand candies such as Nerds Rope and snacks like Doritos Nacho Cheese chips.

The driver was transported to Bridgeport Hospital and reportedly found to have a high level of THC in his blood. Moses ordered a $25,000 bond for Chen and will continue the case on August 25.

Sources: TheDailyWire, AssociatedPress, CT Post

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