Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Woman Passes Out In Store After Huffing

From the Daily Republic in South Dakota:

A 32 year old woman from Mitchell was arrested for an inhalant abuse related incident that occurred in a Wal-Mart aisle earlier this month. The woman was found semi-conscious in the aisle with a can of computer duster nearby.

Two store employees then saw her put the nozzle to her mouth and inhale from the canister. She tried to flee from the store but collapsed just before reaching the exit.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Inhalant Abuse Death Reported in Alabama

Via Al.com in Alabama:

This past Saturday afternoon an adult woman was found dead in Dothian. Police believe she “likely died of an accidental overdose induced by huffing.”

18 Year Old Caught Huffing in State College Pennsylvania

Via the Centre Daily Times in Pennsylvania:

Police in State College note that an 18 year old woman is facing charges after they found her huffing from a solvent can late last week.

16 Year Old Caught Huffing in Virginia

Via the NewsLeader in Virginia:

Last Friday while on patrol police in Staunton apprehended a 16 year old boy who had been huffing from an aerosol can. They released him to a guardian.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Two Huffing Related Crashes in North Dakota

Via the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota:

Earlier this week two people were arrested in separate alleged huffing related incidents.

A 20 year old woman pleaded guilty to “driving under the influence and driving under suspension, both Class B misdemeanors, and inhalation of vapors, an infraction.” She was sentenced to nine days in jail, a year of unsupervised probation and $500 in fines. Police report that she had been inhaling computer dusting spray while driving when her pickup truck “"drove off the road into a ditch, continued traveling in a grassy field up a steep hill and crashed into a garage.”

Three hours later, a 30 year man was also involved in a huffing computer dusting spray while driving related incident. Officers responded to a report of a man passed out while stopped at an intersection but they located the car nearby in a ditch. It had nearly struck pedestrians, gone over a curb, and landed in a ditch. The driver was still behind the wheel and upon noticing the officers he tried to drive away. The judge suspended his sentence and ordered him to pay $600 in fines.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Update on Fatal Crash from Last Year

Via the OC Weekly in California:

In an update to this story from November last year, the driver accused of huffing behind the wheel and causing a crash that killed his passenger was arraigned earlier this week.

On the evening of November 20, 2010 the 20 year old driver was allegedly huffing nitrous oxide from balloons while driving with three passengers in the car. Prosecutors argue at one point he dropped his head and released his hands from the steering wheel “causing him to lose control of his vehicle that went up onto the center median and crashed into a pine tree.”

The crash severely damaged the front of the car and caused the vehicle to catch fire. The 15 year old passenger in the front seat was trapped in the car and died of multiple blunt force trauma injuries. The two passengers in the back seat were able to escape with police assistance and emerged with minor injuries.

The driver was comatose and sustained severe head and thermal injuries and a broken clavicle. Balloons were found in his pants pocket and a “gas cylinder, valve knob for the gas cylinder and a balloon were found on the center median grass near the crash site.”

In March he was charged with “one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated with sentencing enhancements and allegations for causing great bodily injury and causing great bodily injury to more than one victim.” Due to his injuries and medical treatment he wasn’t arrested until last Tuesday.

Tampering with A/C Units in Florida

Via Ocala.com in Florida:

Earlier this week a 33 year old man was arrested for allegedly “ingesting refrigerant from a dismantled air conditioning unit.” He was charged with criminal mischief.

The owner of the business noticed the man with his mouth on the copper refrigerant line and it appeared he was huffing from the line. When the owner noticed that the A/C unit had been taken apart and the refrigerant line was bent, the man ran off. Deputies found him hiding in a neighbor’s shed.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Reckless Driving in Shopping Center in New Jersey

Via NJ.Com in New Jersey:

A 35 year old man was arrested after police responded to a report of a man driving “recklessly around a Marshall’s parking lot, running over a grass median and into shrubs.”

They found the driver slumped over the wheel of a pickup truck with the windows open and motor still running. He soon woke up but “his speech was slurred and confused.” He admitted to huffing computer dusting spray and five cans were found in the truck. He was arrested and charged with “inhalation of a toxic chemical for the purpose of intoxication.”

Major Damage in Alabama After Huffing Behind the Wheel

Via WFSA in Alabama:

A 20 year old man lost control of his vehicle after huffing behind the wheel. His car left the road and then damaged several headstones as it careened through a cemetery and passed through another road. It then continued through a couple of fences, crossed another street and crashed into the side of a local church. Police noted the damage caused was "substantial."

The driver was arrested for “Driving Under the Influence of Any Substance Which Impairs the Mental or Physical Faculties” and it carries a $500 bond.

Car Crashes Into Trailer in Wyoming

Via the Billings Gazette in Wyoming:

A 25 year-old crashed her jeep earlier this month in a suspected inhalant abuse related incident. She was sitting in a McDonald’s drive through line when the vehicle “rolled forward, jumped a curb and ended up in a motel parking lot, hitting the trailer.”

The driver allegedly told police she has been looking at her phone when she “hit the gas” but police found a can of computer duster wrapped in a towel in the vehicle and a motel employee reported that the driver had been “holding a towel up to her mouth after the crash.”
She passed sobriety tests and later pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

Inhalant Abuse Decreases in Western Australia

Via the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet:

Great news from the Western Australian Kimberley community of Balgo- “not a single case of petrol sniffing had been reported in 14 months."

California Man Found Huffing Nitrous Oxide in His Car

Via LAist in California:

An 18 year-old man was arrested after officers found him passed out in a parked car, holding a cylinder of nitrous oxide. He was arrested for “possession of nitrous oxide.”

Police Break Car Window to Help Woman

From the Brookings Register in South Dakota:

A 23-year old woman was taken to the hospital and then arrested after police found her huffing computer dusting spray in her car in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Police report “she locked the doors, took another hit and then slumped over. They had to break the passenger-side window to render aid."

After being treated at the emergency room she was arrested for “driving under the influence and ingesting a toxic substance.”

Shop Owner Arrested After Showing Customers How to Huff

Via the Daytona Beach News Journal in Florida:

Police found three men huffing nitrous oxide from balloons in a parking lot and were notified that the owner of a nearby store sold the substance to the men and taught them how to abuse it.

Two undercover officers then entered the store and asked to purchase “nitrous oxide and the paraphernalia used to inhale it.” The owner showed them how to inhale the substance. One officer went back into the store a second time indicating it wasn’t working and the owner “told her she was doing it wrong and he took her in the back and taught her how to do it."

Police recovered $600 worth of nitrous oxide and paraphernalia from the shop and the owner and one employee were charged with “sale of harmful chemicals and possession of drug paraphernalia.”

Pennsylvania Man Caught Huffing Two Weeks After Being Released From Prison

Via the Sentinel in Pennsylvania:

A 28 year-old Carlisle man was caught huffing computer dusters, just two weeks after being paroled from a year in jail on an inhalant charge.

On August 20, 2010 he was observed trying to inhale computer dusters that were hidden under his shirt. He ran from the store but police found him nearby, almost unconscious and in need of medical assistance. He was charged with “retail theft and illegal use of solvents.” Less than a month later he was caught stealing more computer dusters from Wal-Mart.

Man Arrested for Huffing Gold Paint in Arizona

Via AZDailySun in Arizona:

A 34 year old homeless man was arrested last week after Flagstaff police found him huffing gold paint from a plastic bag.

The article notes “his face was covered in paint and he had a plastic bag and a can of Krylon "Brilliant Gold" spray paint.” He was booked on charges of “inhaling a vapor-releasing substance” which is a felony.

The man indicated that he likes huffing gold paint “because there is just something about it. It is just better than the other colors for some reason."

Two Arrested After Huffing in Iowa

Via KICD, 1240 AM in Iowa:

Police in Spencer responded to a report of a passed out person. Upon arrival they found a 19 year-old male unresponsive and with a can of computer duster in his hand. He was arrested and taken into custody once he came to. An 18 year-old male was also arrested. He was found to have been leaving the scene with two cans in his possession.

The article notes “under Clay County Ordinance that the Penalty for Possession of Huffing Paraphernalia is up to $150, and up to $300 fine for huffing.”

Inhalant Abuse in Australia

Via the Waverly Reader in Australia:

An alarming number of inhalant abuse related paramedic calls in the community of Monash is causing alarm. The one community accounted for more than 12% of all calls to the Melbourne region.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Man Crashes into Church After Huffing

A 20-year-old man crashed into a church after losing consciousness from huffing behind the wheel.

The man caused significant damage to a nearby cemetery, ran through a subdivision fence and ultimately slammed into the side of a local church.

The man was arrested for driving under the influence of any substance which impairs the mental or physical faculties.

He was held under a 500 dollar bond.

Via wsfa.com in Montgomery, AL

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Woman Faces DUI Charges After Huffing at the Wheel

A 25-year-old woman faces DUI charges after crashing into a parked trailer.

According to the report, the woman was blocking traffic in a McDonald's drive thru line when she began to roll forward and jump a curb that allowed her to continue rolling through landscaping rocks into a trailer in a motel parking lot.

When an employee of the motel went to check on the woman it was reported that she was breathing into a towel. The employee asked for the towel and the woman told her no several times. Eventually the woman relinquished the towel which hid a can of multi-purpose duster.

The woman was arrested for driving under the influence.

This has been one of four local huffing related automobile offenses in recent years.

Via trib.com in Casper, WY

Police Find Man Unconscious in Running Vehicle

A 35-year-old man was found slumped over the wheel of his car after police were called to investigate a report of a man driving recklessly around a shopping center parking lot.

According to the report the man drove through grass onto a median and into surrounding shrubbery.

When officers arrived to the scene they found the man slumped over the wheel with the vehicle still running and his window down despite the rain.

When the man regained consciousness he awoke in a dazed state and alledgedly admitted to huffing computer cleaner. Five cans were found in the vehicle.


The man was charged with was charged with inhalation of a toxic chemical for the purpose of intoxication.

Via nj.com in Hamilton, New Jersey

Refrigerant Abuse in Oklahoma News

In Tulsa, Oklahoma local news station KJRH had this to say about refrigerant abuse:




Via kjrh.com

Spike on Inhalant Abuse DUIs in Kansas

A string of DUI cases have caused a stir amongst the police force in Wichita.

This summer there have been at least 4 cases of young drivers causing accidents due to being under the influence of inhalants.

Police report that aerosol cans are being found in vehicles after collisions.

In fact, in July a 17-year-old female critically injured her passenger in a crash caused by huffing and driving.

In a survey taken this year by Kansas Communities that Care it was found that 15 percent of eigth graders in Sedgwick County have abused inhalants at least once. The percent is slightly higher than the state average of all eigth graders.

Via kwch.com in Wichita, KS

Naples Man Faces Felonies After Huffing and Driving

A 20-year-old man faces felony charges after causing a crash due to huffing and driving.

According to the report, the man and a 21-year-old passenger were driving when their SUV ran into a tree.
Both men admitted to huffing from aerosol cans and were taken to the hospital for injuries.

The driver remains behind bars on pending charges.

Via naplesnews.com in Naples, FL

School Board to Vote on Inhalant Abuse Policy

ln East Hartford a school board is preparing to vote on new policies on various topics including inhalant abuse.

The full list of policies and their agenda can be found at http://www.easthartford.org/.

Via courant.com in Hartford, CT

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Authorities Find "Whip Its" in Routine Traffic Stop

In a routine traffic stop, authorities found an 18-year-old driver and three underage teens in possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphenalia. All were arrested and charged with marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, and distribution of marijuana.

"Whip its" (cans of nitrous oxide) were also found.

Via dailyrecord.com in Parsipanny, NJ

Alleged Huffer Gets Off Clean

Police were called to a local park on a report of a man huffing an unknown substance.

When police arrived they found the man with an aerosol can in his possession. The man denied any account that he was huffing and explained that he was using the can to clean his dashboard.

After passing several sobriety tests no arrest was made.

Via newbaltimore.patch.com in New Baltimore-Chesterfield, MI