Jeep crash spills marijuana on I-5

EUGENE, Ore. - A car crash spilled 3 pounds of marijuana on Interstate 5 near Eugene on Friday morning.

The driver of the Jeep was taken to the hospital. His passenger was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

State Police received a call at 4:50 a.m. Friday reporting a crash between a semi-truck and a Jeep just south of Eugene on I-5 northbound. Troopers arrived to find an overturned Jeep resting on its top, with marijuana spilled on the roadway and interior of the SUV.

Investigators said the glass jars broke open during the crash, spilling the marijuana. Police also found an ounce of hash.

The driver, Dominic Winders, 18, of Fort Jones, California, was taken by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with non-life threatening injuries. Police said his passenger, 51-year-old Anthony Pitts, also from Fort Jones, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The commercial truck driver, Robert Chase, 27, of Springfield, was not injured.

State police cited Pitts to appear in court on charges of Unlawful Possession of 4 ounces or more of Marijuana.

When the investigation is completed, it will be sent to the District Attorney's office for consideration of additional charges toward both persons, state police said.

The northbound lanes were opened to one lane about 5:30 a.m. until the scene was cleared.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this story said Chase was the driver of the Jeep. State Police officials later changed their report to say Winders was driving the SUV.