MUG - Spencer Boston - 1/27/20

Spencer Boston was charged with disorderly conduct and simple possession by the Wilson County Sheriff's Office. (Photo: Wilson County Sheriff's Office)


WILSON COUNTY, TN (WSMV) - A man who smoked marijuana in a courtroom during an appearance died after an overnight car crash on I-40 in Mt. Juliet Wednesday.

Tennessee Highway Patrol told News 4 that 21-year-old Spencer Boston, of Lebanon, was driving on I-40 Eastbound near mile marker 226 when he lost control of his vehicle.

Boston's car struck a traffic barrier and began to rotate in the road for 200 feet.

Troopers say he was ejected and struck guardrail support. Boston was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family and his lawyer confirmed Boston was the man who made national headlines when he was arrested for smoking a marijuana cigarette in courtroom.

During the appearance in January 2020, Boston reached into his pocket and pulled out what appeared to be a rolled marijuana cigarette. He placed it in his mouth, then pulled out a book of matches and lit it, and began to smoke the rolled cigarette. The cigarette gave off the odor of burning marijuana.

Boston made it known during the court appearance he wanted marijuana legalized.

The family will now decide if they want to have an autopsy performed on Boston's body, according to his lawyer. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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