Friday, May 16, 2008

Man Arrested Twice in One Night

Inhalant news has been slow this week, which is a good thing in general but not conductive to posting. So, we will be visiting some events from the past few months that haven't received a mention here yet.

Hanover, PA's The Evening Sun reported on March 30th that a man had been arrested twice within five hours for the same offense - driving while under the influence of inhalants.

Marlyn Runk III, a 19-year-old, was arrested at 4:20 PM after someone called the police to report a Subaru driving erratically.

Trooper George Ross stated that when he reached the scene, Runk's car was in someone's yard. The resident was holding Runk's keys and Runk was passed out in the driver's seat. According to Ross, as he approached the vehicle, Runk "took an aerosol can containing compressed air and sprayed it in his mouth."

He was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license.

Runk's cousin transported the Subaru to police barracks where the car was searched. Officers found three similar cans of computer dust remover. At 5:30 PM, Runk was released to the custody of his grandmother.

"I thought I was finished with him after that,"said Trooper George Ross.

Unfortunately, Runk would experience a run-in with the same officer later that evening.

Ross was dispatched to a DUI hit-and-run at 9:00 PM, and saw the same Subaru vehicle being towed away from an intersection. Runk was sitting in the passenger seat of the tow truck.

The officer thought, "it can't be him".

From the article:

"After stopping the tractor, Ross said Runk came down, looked at him and said, "Remember me?"

Ross said Runk told him a story about how he and a friend had been at his grandmother's house, but left. Runk initially said his friend was behind the wheel at the time of the crash, Ross said. But Runk eventually admitted he was driving during the crash, Ross said.

And when Ross searched the Impreza a second time, he allegedly found yet another bottle of compressed air."

Runk was then arrested for the same offenses - driving under the influence of a controlled substance and hit-and-run.

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