Friday, February 22, 2008

Inhalants and Driving

Huffing and driving is becoming a common occurence, and often has disasterous results. On Monday night in Rensselaer, Indiana, a 17-year-old drove a van with four passengers into another vehicle in the opposite lane, and then continued off the roadway straight into an Episcopal Church. According to the police report, the driver was inhaling a dust remover and passed out, causing him to speed and collide with the other car.

No one was killed; the passengers in the van had various injuries including a broken collarbone, bruises, and cuts to the face. All four passengers were under 18. The charges include serious bodily injury, criminal recklessness, reckless driving, and glue sniffing, which is a blanket charge to include all inhalant abuse.

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