Police on Monday arrested a 38-year-old man for reckless driving resulting in injury after he caused an accident while driving under the influence of an hallucinogenic herb.
The incident is the latest in a spate of accidents caused by drivers who have inhaled herbs or so-called loophole drugs.
According to police, a car driven by Yoshiyuki Kitano, 38, a resident of Saitama, was stopped at a red traffic light in Akabane, Kita Ward in Tokyo, on Saturday night, NTV reported. Suddenly, he accelerated while the light was still red, hitting a taxi and a minibike. The 22-year-old bike rider and the 67-year-old taxi driver were injured, police said. Kitano also suffered light injuries and was taken to hospital.
Police said they found a bag with traces of an hallucinogenic herb and a pipe on the front passenger seat of Kitano’s car. He was arrested on Monday after he was discharged from hospital, police said.