PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A 39-year-old man told detectives he had used prescription drugs, methamphetamine, Cannabis and alcohol leading up to a deadly crash along Highway 30, newly released court documents state.
Mark Thomas remains at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center after being rushed to the trauma center on Tuesday by Life Flight, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed.
The crash killed Wayne McCormick, 65, of Scappoose, Lt. Gregg Hastings said.
A witness told traffic investigators she saw Thomas' vehicle cross the center line and strike McCormick's vehicle without any attempt to break, a probable cause affidavit states.
Deputy District Attorney Brian Davidson, who is prosecuting the case wrote: officers spoke with Thomas' sister by phone and learned that he had recently been in rehab for a methamphetamine addiction.
Hospital staff told officers that blood testing on Thomas came back positive for meth, Cannabis, and benzodiazepine.
On Wednesday, a day after the crash, Deputy Kevin Odil interviewed Thomas at the hospital. Thomas reportedly admitted to using meth, marijuana, "Xanax" and consuming alcohol the night before the crash and the morning of the crash.
Davidson wrote in his affidavit: Thomas told deputies that at about 8 a.m. on the morning of the crash, he took "a couple of Xanax, took two hits from a marijuana pipe, and smoked about 1.5 grams of methamphetamine."
Thomas also told investigators that he drank a 16 ounce beer, Davidson states. Later in the interview, Thomas started he was going to Astoria to check himself into rehab and left a home in southeast Portland around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
When asked about the crash, Thomas said he could not remember anything about it, court documents state. He reportedly told investigators that he was using cruise control in fear that he would get pulled over and he'd get busted for drugs, Davidson wrote.
Thomas told the deputy that "there were no problems with his driving," Davidson wrote.
A spokesperson for the Multnomah County Detention Center told KOIN 6 News that Thomas will not be formally arraigned on the second-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence of intoxicant charges until he is released from the hospital.
Deputies are guarding Thomas' hospital bedroom, KOIN 6 has learned.
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