Nev. Trooper in Crash Arrested

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police in Las Vegas say they've arrested a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper involved in a deadly crash last month.

Police say Sgt. Edward Lattin had marijuana in his system when his vehicle veered into oncoming traffic in western Las Vegas and struck two other vehicles. Two people were injured in the June 11 crash; 49-year-old Ying Warren was killed.

Lattin surrendered to authorities Tuesday and was booked into the Clark County jail on one count of felony driving under the influence resulting in death.

Authorities initially suggested a medical condition might have caused Lattin to black out behind the wheel. But police now say a blood test taken after the crash tested positive for marijuana.

Lattin is a supervisor who leads a team that investigates fatal accidents. He was not on duty at the time of the crash.

An NHP spokesman says Lattin has been placed on administrative leave while the agency investigates the incident.

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