A man whose Subaru struck several pedestrians near Pike Place Market last week was charged Tuesday with two counts of vehicular assault.

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Seattle police say Travis C. Lipski found himself at the center of a chaotic scene at the Pike Place Market last Thursday, but he couldn’t recall how he got there.

The last thing he remembered was feeling drowsy and disoriented after smoking a synthetic form of marijuana before getting behind the wheel of his Subaru wagon, police allege in charging documents. Lipski said he felt like pulling over, but instead he passed out and struck three pedestrians and several vehicles, police said.

Lipski, a 39-year-old stand-up comedian, was charged Tuesday with two counts of vehicular assault for the accident that sent three people to the hospital. He is out of jail but has been ordered to return to court Jan. 4 to be arraigned.

Lipski told investigators that he had smoked synthetic marijuana known as “potpourri” or “K2” before driving, according to charging documents.

Authorities say these types of smokable herbal blends can be legal, depending on the ingredients. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the herbs offer a “marijuanalike” high.

Witnesses told police that they had seen Lipski “slumped over the wheel” of his vehicle as it approached the Market around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, charges said. His Subaru wagon sideswiped a parked car, struck three pedestrians and crashed into a produce truck, police said. Two other vehicles were also struck in the crash.

A 25-year-old woman was pinned between the Subaru and the truck; a 57-year-old man was hit by Lipski’s vehicle; and a 54-year-old woman was grazed by the Subaru. According to police, the 57-year-old man remains hospitalized after suffering a number of bone fractures.

According to charging paperwork, Lipski told police Officer Michael Jongma, a trained department drug-recognition expert, that he “felt progressively disoriented” after smoking the herbal blend. After the crash, Lipski’s speech pattern was “disjointed,” Jongma reported in charging documents. Lipski was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after a sobriety test.

Lipski was taken to Harborview Medical Center for a blood draw before he was booked into the King County Jail. Lipski’s blood will be tested for drugs and alcohol, authorities said.

Regardless of whether a drug is permitted by law, driving while impaired is illegal.

Lipski has two previous convictions for drunken driving, one in South Dakota in 2005 and another in Iowa in 2006, prosecutors said in charging paperwork.

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Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or jensullivan@seattletimes.com