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The California Highway Patrol said a transient man was driving under the influence of marijuana when he collided with a vehicle that was stopped in front of him on northbound U.S. Highway 101 near Mill Valley Friday afternoon. Chase Gilreath, 22, formerly of Humboldt County, was driving a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee at 40-45 mph northbound on U.S. Highway 101, just north of state Highway 131, around 1:15 p.m., CHP Officer Eric Hohmeister said.
Traffic began to slow, but Gilreath failed to react because of his intoxication, according to Hohmeister. Gilreath’s Jeep struck the rear of a 1992 Nissan Maxima that was stopped in traffic, Hohmeister said. The force of the collision pushed the Nissan, driven by a 19-year-old Richmond resident, into the back of a 2005 Honda CRV that was stopped in the lane, Hohmeister said. The Jeep and the Nissan stopped in the northbound lanes after the collision, and the Honda moved to the right shoulder, Hohmeister said. The collision blocked the lanes until 1:21 p.m., Hohmeister said.
Officers arrested Gilreath for driving under the influence of marijuana, Hohmeister said. He was booked into the Marin County jail on misdemeanor charges of DUI and possession of more than one ounce of marijuana, Hohmeister said. A 4-year-old boy who was riding in a child safety seat in the right rear of the Nissan was not injured, police said. The Honda driver, a 59-year-old female resident of Mill Valley, also was not injured, Hohmeister said.
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