LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas man who admitted to recklessly driving a vehicle with five times the legal limit of marijuana in his blood — resulting in the death of his passenger — was sentenced yesterday to two years in prison.
According to court documents and admissions made in court, on March 17, 2017, Corey Wylie Brown (26) was speeding and swerving his truck back and forth on a loose gravel road around Nelson’s Landing at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Brown lost control of the truck, causing it to flip onto the passenger side. As a result, his passenger — who was a minor — was partially pinned under the truck. A package labeled “Shaolin Kush” was found at the scene and tested positive for THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Brown pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary vehicular manslaughter, one count of driving under the influence, one count of reckless driving, and one count of unsafe operation of a motor vehicle.
Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada made the announcement.
This case was investigated by the National Park Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Burton and former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Kent prosecuted the case.
Driving under the influence of over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, marijuana or other illicit drugs is referred to as drug-impaired driving. In 2020, 12.6 million people ages 16 and older admitted to driving under the influence of illicit drugs, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. For more information on drug-impaired driving, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drug-impaired-driving.