Police: Meth found on driver who hit WA teen

Police: Meth found on driver who hit WA teen

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by Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on October 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 7:16 PM

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. -- The woman arrested for hitting a Battle Ground teen at a bus stop in June appeared in court on vehicular assault and drug charges Monday. 

On June 10, Shaun Johnson allegedly slammed her Nissan Maxima into Justin Carey, 16, while he was waiting for the school bus. Carey launched 150 feet into heavy brush. He waited 90 minutes with two broken legs, one of which was later amputated, until a tow truck driver heard his faint calls for help.

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Johnson, 46, of Vancouver, was arrested for vehicular assault and possession of methamphetamine Friday. She appeared in court Monday. 

The Clark County Sheriff's Office said Johnson veered off Northeast 82nd Avenue and drove into a ditch the night Carey was hit, but Johnson never reported hitting anyone. 

According to prosecutors, two baggies of meth were found in Johnson's car the day of the crash. They also said Johnson had meth and THC in her system at the time. 

Johnson told police that she dropped a cigarette in her car and was looking for it when she swerved off the road. 

Police said Johnson admitted that she is a drug addict. Her bail was set for $35,000 and her next court date was set for November. 

Carey's family said they had mixed emotions during Monday's court appearance. 

"I'm glad she's being held accountable for hitting him, but it's sad she admitted she's an addict," said Carey's mother, Janette Chumley. "We just hope she gets some help." 

Monday was also medical step forward for Carey, who received his new prosthetic leg. On Tuesday, he plans to walk into school for the first time since he was hit. 

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KGW Reporters Nina Mehlhaf and Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report. 

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