SPANISH FORK, Utah — A Provo man had THC in his system and cannabis products in his vehicle when he struck a 3-year-old boy who was using a crosswalk in Spanish Fork on Monday, according to police.
Police responded to West Park Drive and the Spanish Fork River Trail after receiving a report of that a person was injured in an auto-pedestrian crash.
According to a probable cause statement, 24-year-old Michael Quintin Mills admitted to having a phone in his hand and looking at a GPS system just before striking the boy.
A Spanish Fork Police spokesman told FOX 13 the boy suffered a severe injury to his femur and required surgery. The boy remains hospitalized Wednesday but is expected to recover.
Mills told police he had been traveling at 18-20 mph and was about 30 feet from the crosswalk before he noticed the boy.
Mills further admitted to smoking marijuana on Sunday evening and being in possession of containers with marijuana residue, the probable cause statement said.
A police K-9 came to the scene and its handler determined there was probable cause to search Mills' car.
Officers said they discovered two empty beer cans, a vape pen with a full THC cartridge attached, a liquor bottle that contained a clear liquid, a glass pipe with residue, a grinder that contained a green leafy substance, rolling papers and a toilet paper roll stuffed with dryer sheets.
Police arrested Mills on suspicion of driving with a measurable controlled substance, open container/drinking alcohol in a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, use of a handheld device while operating a vehicle and use or possession of a drug paraphernalia.
Mills refused blood and urine tests, but police obtained a warrant for the tests, the probable cause statement said.
A test on Mills' urine was positive for THC, the statement said.
According to police, Mills has previously been arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession and having an open container in a vehicle.