Northern California

Marijuana suspected after driver rear-ends car with California state controller aboard

OAKLAND — California State Controller Betty T. Yee is recovering from injuries she suffered Friday when her state vehicle was rear ended in the Posey Tube by a 25-year-old man suspected of being under the influence of marijuana, according to police.

Police said the collision occurred about 3:25 p.m. in eastbound lanes near Marina Village Parkway.

California State Controller Betty T. Yee shares memories of March Fong Eu, former California secretary of state, during a memorial service at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Eu was the first woman secretary of state in California, a post she held for nearly 20 years, and the first Chinese American to hold a constitutional office in the state. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

Yee, her husband and their driver — a California Highway Patrol officer with the Dignitary Protection Section — were stopped in the left lane when Aaron Ba Sean George crashed a Nissan sedan into them, according to police. The impact pushed the state vehicle into a Toyota Camry.

George suffered major injuries in the crash. Police described the injuries to Yee, her husband and the officer as non-life threatening. All four were taken to hospitals for treatment.

The sole occupant of the Camry was not injured in the collision, according to police.

Police said George is suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana and will be booked into jail once he is released from the hospital.

The Posey Tube was closed roughly 1½ hours as a result of the crash.

The investigation into the collision is continuing. Anyone with information can call police at 510-450-3821.