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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New Jersey Woman Arrested for Huffing and Driving

Via Trentonian.com 

A 36-year-old New Jersey woman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, possession of toxic chemicals and reckless driving.  Police responded to reports of a car accident.  Officers found the woman standing next to her car holding a can of computer duster spray.  Police were familiar with the woman due to a recent arrest for huffing duster.  In the vehicle police found three more cans of duster.  A witness said the woman's vehicle crossed over the curbed median and across opposing traffic lanes before hitting a lightpole, causing it to fall into the road.

Texas Teen Involved in High Speed Chase, Suspected of Huffing

Via valleycentral.com

A 16-year-old Texas man is accused in a 100 mph chase with a stolen car.  The teen is facing several felony charges after stealing a car from a Head Start school parking lot.  Police say they followed the teen in a high-speed chase that ended when the stolen car got involved in a two-car accident.  The man is known to huff paint, and first responders to the car crash said the teen had a strong odor of paint on him at the time of the accident.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

California Man & Woman Arrested for Possession of Nitrous Oxide

Via Ukiah Daily Journal

A 22-year-old California man was arrested on suspicion of possessing nitrous oxide, violating his probation and driving with a suspended license.  A 44-year-old woman was also arrested for possession of nitrous oxide.


Missouri Man Dies Due to Inhalant Abuse

Via abc17News.com

A 21-year-old Missouri man died due to inhalant abuse.  The man passed away in June 2014.  The autopsy report came back with a cause of death from a chemical found in computer dusters.  The man's mother says he died within hours of being taken to the emergency room.  She says her son was inhaling six cans every day for about a week before a friends took him to the emergency room where he later passed away.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Wyoming Teens Cited for Huffing

Via County10 

Two 15-year-old Wyoming teens were cited for Use of Toxic Substances.  Police were called to the rear of a Library where the two teens were reportedly huffing something from a grocery bag. Police discovered the two were inhaling rubber cement fumes.  They were cited and released to their respective parents.

Maine Man Pleads Guilty to Huffing and Driving

Via SunJournal.com

A 36-year-old Maine man pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of inhalants knowing that his license was revoked and having his 14-year-old nephew in the car with him until the teenager jumped out.   The man pleaded guilty to a felony charge of operating after habitual offender revocation with a prior conviction and two misdemeanor counts of operating under the influence and endangering the welfare of a child.   "The negotiated agreement dismissed two misdemeanor charges of driving to endanger and failing to notify of a motor vehicle accident."

Had the case gone to trial, witnesses would have testified that the man had temporarily blacked our and drove into a ditch and continued into the horse pasture.  The Wilton Police Chief would have testified that the man was locked inside the vehicle and that she saw him huffing from the computer duster.  The man's nephew was able to jump from the car as it entered the horse pasture.

The Judge deferred sentencing on the felony charge for a year.  During that time the man will have to follow an agreement that outlines what he needs to do and he may not use alcohol, illegal drugs, or inhalants.  If he abides by the terms the case will be dismissed. If he does not the minimum mandatory sentence is six months in jail and the maximum is five years and a $10,000 fine.   The man was also sentence to 364 days in jail, all suspended, and one year probation on each of the misdemeanors.  He must also pay a $500 fine and will lose his license for 150 days.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pennsylvania Woman Found Guilty of Third Degree Murder After Huffing Accident

Via WeAreCentralPA.com

A 22-year-old Pennsylvania woman was found guilty of 11 of 12 charges including felony counts of third degree murder, aggravated assault and homicide by vehicle while under the influence.   Jury deliberations lasted around 2 hours.

The jury held the woman responsible for a 2012 crash that killed a 25-year-old.  The woman had been huffing a can of computer duster before the crash.

Oregon Man Killed in Huffing Related Crash

Via KPTV.com

A 30-year-old Oregon man was killed after huffing and crashing his car into several trees in a Portland area park.

Investigators say the man was driving at a high rate of speed when he failed to follow the road to the right and drove through the park.  His car hit several trees before coming to a stop.  Police say there was evidence found that shows the man had been huffing inhalants prior to the crash.  Additional drug paraphernalia was also discovered.  A dog in the car was also killed in the crash.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Michigan Man Arrested for Huffing in Parking Lot

Via MonroeNews.com 

A 33-year-old Michigan man was arrested for huffing in a parking lot.  The man was on probation for resisting arrest, and a term of the probation included a ban on huffing from aerosol cans.

Police approached the man's truck in a parking lot.  A deputy could see the man in the back seat huffing computer dusters.  At first the man refused to unlock the door, but then changed his mind. Police found several other cans of computer duster spray inside the vehicle.  The man was arrested and lodged in the county jail.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Idaho Man Caught Huffing in Parking Lot

Via MagicValley.com

A 28-year-old Idaho man was caught huffing in his car.  Police were called to a Target parking lot on a suspicious person call.  When officers arrived, they saw the man holding a can of computer duster and watched him put the nozzle in his mouth and huff from the can.  Police say the man slumped over in the seat of his car, then repeated the process three more times.  Officers tried to get the man's attention and noticed blood dripping from his mouth.  Fearing for the man's safety, police opened the car door and turned the car off.  Officers spent two minutes trying to wake the man up before he regained consciousness.   When he woke, the man said he was just detailing his car.  The man was cleared by paramedics and taken to jail.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

13-year-old Alabama Girl Dies From Inhalant Abuse

Via WBTV.com

Phil Eudy, of North Carolina and father of 13-year-old Rebecca Eudy, is speaking out against inhalant abuse.  Rebecca died last week after being found in the bathtub of her mother's home in Alabama.  A can of computer duster was nearby.

Mr. Eudy, "wants to tell parents everywhere."  He believes his daughter never intended to die.  That she took a break from watching a movie to take a bath and decided to get a quick "high" by huffing before she got into the bathtub.  Investigators told the family that she probably passed out and drowned in the bathtub.

Eudy says that huffing was something he was not aware of or considered a potential hazard for his daughter.  Eudy wants to help spread awareness and education to other families and urges parents to look for canisters of household products in their child's room, watch for missing items, or to check and see if items have been moved around.


New Zealand Huffing Explosion Leaves Three Suffering From Burns

Via TVNZ.com

A serious huffing incident occurred in the South Auckland area of New Zealand. Two people were hospitalized with serious burns, and a third also received burns. Police say that seven people were huffing gasoline in a back shed.  Neighbors heard a "whoosing" sound and then saw flames coming from the back of the property.  The neighbors reported a smell of plastic after the fire started.

Papakura Police state, "We've come to the address and found a premises which bears sort of all the signs potentially a huffing incident that's kind of gone wrong."

Monday, October 13, 2014

"The Patriot" Star Dies in Probable Huffing Incident

Via TMZ.com

Actress, Skye McCole Bartusiak, who played Mel Gibson's daughter in "The Patriot" passed away in July 2014.    Tests revealed today show that the 21-year-old actress had muscle relaxers, painkillers, and a chemical refrigerant difluoroethane in her system at the time of death.  "Difluoroethane is a colorless gas used as a refrigerant, something huffed to get high."   Her death has been ruled an accidental overdose.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Michigan Man Arrested for Inhaling Intoxicants After More Than 50 Duster Cans Found

Via The Daily Post- Athenian 

A 38-year-old Michigan man was arrested on charges of simple assault and inhaling intoxicants.

Police responded to a motel where the clerk told them two people had been staying in a room for the past several days "yelling and banging on the walls".    When the clerk went to check on the noise no one answer.  He then opened the door and the man reportedly, "charged him, striking the victim several times in the face."   The police officer entered the room and saw the man lying on the bed with a can of computer duster between his legs, apparently trying to hide it.   Police also noticed 15 more empty cans on the floor.  When asked what happened, the man's reply was that he "was huffing on the can of dust spray is probably what happened."

As the man was being handcuffed he reached on the table, grabbed a can, and attempted to huff it. After placing the man into the patrol car, the police found five more empty cans in a small garbage bag and 30 more empty cans in a pillow case.  The man admitted that he and a woman, "had been huffing from them the past several days and that 'he stole a few of the cans from Walmart.'"

Fatal New Jersey Crash Linked to Inhalant Abuse

Via NorthJersey.com

A 48-year-old New Jersey man who was charged with running his pickup truck through a farmers market and dragging a woman to her death in August is now facing additional charges of driving under the influence of an intoxicant.

Police received the results of toxicology tests from the state police laboratory.  The man has been held on a $200,000 bail since the day of the accident, August 10th.  It was on this day that his truck crashed through a police barricade set up on the street of the market.  His truck slammed through at least three stalls belonging to six vendors, all who were just starting to pack up their merchandise after the market closed.  His truck also dragged a 58-year-old woman to her death.

California Restaurant Suspects Vandalism Due to Huffing

Via The Press Enterprise

A California restaurant owner discovered vandalism to his restaurant may have been caused by those looking to get high.

The restaurant owner, who had just opened his restaurant two weeks earlier, noticed that his restaurant seemed unusually warm one morning.  The owners discovered that someone had snipped an air-conditioner copper line that carried a refrigerant fluid.  The restaurant had to close for most of the day costing the owners $1,000 in sales and $400 in repairs.

Two days later the line was cut again.  The owner originally thought the pipe has been cut for metal theft, but wondered why the pipe had not been taken.  However, the manager of the air conditioning repair company offered a more plausible motive: huffing.  "They will huff the refrigerant to get high," the air conditioning company manager said.   The restaurant owner had a steal cage installed over his unit to help prevent further incidents.

Wyoming Crash That Killed 2 Linked to Inhalant Abuse

Via Billings Gazette

Police in Wyoming found evidence of drug and inhalant use in a car that had crashed into the Wyoming Medical Center last month.  During the accident two passengers, both 27 years of age, were killed and the driver, 16 or 17 years-old,  was injured.

A search of the car found a brass pipe that contained residue that smelled like marijuana and also a can of computer duster was found on the driver's floorboard.


South Carolina Woman Neglects Elderly Mother to Huff Spray Paint

Via Fox Carolina

A 58-year-old South Carolina woman is being charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult after her mother wandered from the house while the woman huffed spray paint.  Police were called to the family's home by a neighbor who found the 78-year-old mother in a ditch in his front yard without any clothes on.  The neighbor did not initially get a pulse so he called 911.  The daughter did not come to the door at first, but later answered.  When told that her mother was outside, the woman said "OK" and then closed the door.  She came outside a short while later, but did not appear upset about her mother's condition and she also had a visible discolored ring around her lip.  Police had trouble getting her mother's medical information from the daughter before transporting her to the hospital.

Police say the woman cares for her mother, who is in the advanced stages of dementia.   When police entered the home they could smell a strong odor of paint that was overpowering in the kitchen area.  Police say they saw a can of spray paint on the counter and another in the trash.   The woman struggled to give responses to the police and appeared tired during their conversation.  She was later charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult.

Pennsylvania Woman Faces Child Endangerment and Inhaling Toxic Substances Charges in Huffing Related Incident

Via PennLive.com 

A 22-year-old Pennsylvania mother is facing felony child endangerment charges and a misdemeanor count of smelling/inhaling toxic substances.

Police responded to a compliant that the woman was possibly intoxicated on solvent.  When officers arrived, the woman was described at "completely incapacitated".  Police say the mother was inhaling a can of computer duster while giving her 3-year-old son a bath.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pennsylvania Man Huffing and Driving

Via Bradford Today

A 19-year-old, Pennsylvania man is facing a reckless endangerment charge after huffing while driving and crashing into a tree.  Police say the man was huffing before losing control of his car and running into a tree.  Both the man and his passenger has to be treated for injuries.  The man is facing a reckless endangerment charge.

New Jersey Woman Arrested Again for Huffing

Via NJ.com

A 29-year-old New Jersey was arrested for disorderly conduct, shoplifting, inhaling toxic chemicals, and being under the influence.   The woman repeatedly inhaled computer duster spray.  Police responded to a local Walmart for a report that a woman was lying on the ground. Police found the woman in the parking lot.  Witnesses said they saw the woman huffing from the duster before falling to the ground.  The woman tried to huff from the duster again but someone pulled the can from her hands.  She was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Later that evening officers were called back to Walmart on a call of a woman stumbling around and lying in the grass.  Officers found the same woman and determined that she was under the influence of dusters again.  She was taken to the hospital for treatment and officers notified crisis intervention in an attempt to protect her from harming herself.  The woman is facing two counts of disorderly conduct, shoplifting, inhaling toxic chemicals, and being under the influence.

The woman had a similar arrest in June 2014 after a day of huffing related incidents.  View the June 2014 post here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Michigan Man Arrested After Huffing and Crashing into Police Car

Via The Blade 
A 34-year-old Michigan man was arrested after crashing his car into a police car while huffing dusters. 
Police responded to a report of a man huffing from an computer duster can in the parking lot of a local grocery store.  An officer located the man's car after a caller told police the man had left the grocery parking lot. The police officer saw the man in the driver's seat huffing from the can.  "The man then slumped over the wheel inside his locked car and didn't respond to the officer."  
The officer broke a rear window, but the suspect woke up and backed his car up into the front of the police car.  The man then put the car in drive and tried to flee the area.  The police officer was able to break the driver's side window and turn off the man's car.  Police found multiple empty computer duster cans.  The man was arrest on felonious assault and malicious destruction of police property. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Florida Man Arrested For Inhaling Harmful Chemicals

Via The Independent Alligator

A Florida man was arrested after police saw him passed out in his car with a can of computer duster. Police responded to a call regarding a man huffing computer duster and when officers arrived they found the man, "passed out in his vehicle, clutching a can of [duster] to his chest."  The man told police he had been, "huffing since the sun was up."  Officers found about 50 cans of duster in his car, most of which were empty.  The man was arrested on charges of inhaling harmful chemicals.

Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Huffing

Via Penn Live 

A 38-year-old, Pennsylvania man was arrested after police said he was caught huffing computer dusters.  The man was spotted by police, and police said, "they planned to charge him with the illegal sale or use of solvents/noxious substances."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Arkansas Man Arrested in Deadly Huffing Accident

Via Fox16.com 

A 22 year-old, Fayetteville man was arrested in connection to a deadly 2013 car accident.  According to investigators the man was huffing computer dusters when he crashed his car in January of 2013.  His passenger was ejected from the car and killed in the crash.

A blood test revealed the man also had, "the prescription drugs Oxycodone and Alprazolam in his system at the time, as well as trace amounts of marijuana."   The man faces a charge of manslaughter and is currently out of jail on bond. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

North Carolina Man Dies in Huffing Incident

Via Mt. Airy News

A 52 year old, North Carolina man was found dead inside his car in a Walmart parking lot.  Police Officers arrived at the parking lot after receiving a call about a suspicious vehicle involving a person with some type of medical problem.  When Police arrived, they discovered the deceased man in his truck.  EMS responded to the scene as well and discovered burns around the mans nostrils that are consistent with huffing.  Cans of computer dusting spray were found in the man's car, and video surveillance showed the man buying the duster product inside of Walmart.  An autopsy and toxicology report are pending.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pennsylvania Mom Huffs and Crashes Car with Children in Backseat

Via We are Central PA in Pennsylvania:

A 26 year old woman was arrested last week after an inhalant abuse related crash.  When police arrived on the scene she was under the influence of computer dusting spray and was still trying to huff from the can of duster as she exited the car.


Her 7 and 8 year old children were in the car at the time and were taken to the medical center for evaluation. Police also note that she was involved in a similar incident the previous week.

South Dakota: Huffing Behind the Wheel Causes Crash Into Telephone Pole

Via 1380 KOTA AM in South Dakota:

A 31 year old man was arrested for DUI, ingesting and hit and run after an inhalant related accident. After huffing behind the wheel he lost control of the car and hit a telephone pole.  Both occupants had to be extracted from the vehicle.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Iowa Man Charged with Huffing

Via the Ottumwa Courier Online in Iowa:

The police blotter reports that on the evening of September 13, a 24 year old man was charged with huffing. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Florida Man Pulls Gun on Deputies While Huffing

Via the Daytona Beach News Journal in Florida:

A 30 year old man was charged with inhaling/ingesting a harmful chemical after police found him huffing computer dusting spray while trying to load a handgun.

Daytona State College security noticed the man trespassing on campus and huffing from the product. When he saw security he dropped the can and ran into the woods. Police found him huffing from a second can and when they approached him he "pulled a stolen handgun from under his leg and tried to load a magazine into the firearm" but deputies were able to disarm him.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Huffing Butane Causes Explosion in New Zealand

Via TVNZ in New Zealand:

Three teens were injured in an inhalant related explosion. The two females, ages 14 and 15 and the 17 year old boy had been huffing in a house when a fire started after a cigarette was lit.  Emergency services found the two females inside the home and the teen boy was found nearby. All sustained extensive burns to their face, arms and legs and all three are recovering in hospital. The explosion was so intense that the house's bedroom curtains were found in a neighboring property.



Michigan Woman Resists Arrest After Huffing

Via the Traverse City Record Eagle in Michigan:

A 21 year old woman was arrested after using inhalants and resisting arrest. Her mother had called police and when they arrived at her home they found her on a bed with a can in her mouth.  They tried to take the can but she resisted. She was transported to a medical center and then to jail.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Found Unresponsive in a Hotel Room in North Dakota

Via the Dickinson Press in North Dakota:

A 25 year old man was arrested for the second time in two weeks after after he was found unresponsive in a hotel room. Officers responded after staff found the man unconscious and slumped against a chair on the floor next to two cans of computer duster. He was taken into custody on charges of inhalation of chemical vapors. Previously, in late August, he was arrested after abusing inhalants in the bathroom of a mall.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

South Carolina Man Cited for Huffing Twice in Two Weeks

Via WCNC in South Carolina:

The 32 year old driver who nearly hit a school bus a little over a week ago has been stopped for abusing inhalants behind the wheel again. 

On Saturday night they received a call about a man passed out in a running vehicle in a restaurant's parking lot. He was passed out in the driver's seat with a can of computer duster in his hand and later admitted to huffing two cans within the past hour--and eight cans within the past six hours.

A medic was called because the man was slow to wake up and he complained of sever pain in his kidneys. He was issued a citation for inhaling aromatic hydrocarbons.  Police note they are "seeing an increase in adults huffing keyboard cleaner" and that when they get calls they "look for cans in cars now."

Monday, September 8, 2014

Driver Crashes into Telephone Pole in Front of Police Station in Alabama

Via WAFF in Alabama:

A man is being charged with DUI after huffing computer duster behind the wheel.  A police cruiser was following the driver and capturing the event on video as he drove down Main Street. The driver struck a utility pole in front of the police station and city hall and upon investigation, the officer found multiple cans of duster in the vehicle.

Man Arrested After Crashing SUV Into Wall

Via the St George News in Utah:

A man was arrested after huffing behind the wheel and crashing his SUV into a wall.  He told officers that he had fallen asleep at the wheel and they noticed he was trying to kick a can of computer duster under the seat. After sobriety tests he admitted he had been huffing from the can prior to the crash. He was arrested, booked into jail and charged with a class B misdemeanor for driving under the influence and a class B misdemeanor for psychotoxic chemical abuse.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Huffing Dusters Behind a Trash Bin in Florida

Via the Naples Daily News in Florida:

A 26 year old man was arrested after police found him huffing computer dusters behind a trash bin last Wednesday. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Montana Crash After Driver Huffs Behind the Wheel

Via the Rogersville Review in Montana:

An 18 year old male was arrested after an inhalant abuse related crash where his truck veered off the road and struck a telephone pole. The teen told officers he had been huffing computer duster just before leaving his home. He was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, failure to maintain financial responsibility, violation of seat belt law, and failure to maintain proper control of the vehicle.

Toddler Wanders Into Traffic After Mom Passes Out After Huffing

Via WANE TV in Indiana:

A 27 year old mother is charged with neglect of a dependent after she had been abusing inhalants, putting her 4 year old daughter in danger. In June she blacked out after huffing a computer duster and while she was passed out, her daughter started playing in traffic. Police showed up after several motorists almost hit the child.  The mother told police she had wrecked her car after huffing so she walked to the store to buy a can of computer duster with the last of her money. On the way home she stopped under a tree and begin inhaling. The investigation last throughout the summer and she was arrested last Monday. 

South Carolina Man Huffs Behind the Wheel and Crashes Car

Via the Post and Courier in South Carolina:

A 23 man had been huffing computer dusting spray when he passed out behind the wheel, veered off the road and slammed his pickup into a laundry business. He told officers he didn't remember the crash-just remembered someone waking hm up after his vehicle hit the building.  In the truck, police found a can of computer duster with the nozzle still wet, indicating someone has just used it. He told officers he had been abusing the product just before the crash. He was booked into jail and faces charges of reckless driving, malicious injury to real property, inhaling aromatic hydrocarbons and possessing cocaine.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Oklahoma Man Arrested on Manslaughter Charges After Inhalant Abuse Related Crash

Via Paul's Valley Daily Democrat in Oklahoma:

A 25 year old man was taken into custody last week for charges related to an inhalant accident last year. The man faces two felony counts of first-degree manslaughter for the car accident that claimed the lives of a 21 year old woman and her unborn child.  The lab results arrived the week prior showing he had been intoxicated from abusing computer dusting spray behind the wheel.

Israel Defense Forces Prohibit Huffing

Via the Times of Israel :

The Israeli Defense Forces "cracked down this month on its list of illicit substances that could make a soldier liable for prosecution if abused while on duty." The new regulations include "inhalation of air-conditioning gas."        

Friday, August 29, 2014

Driver Almost Hits School Bus While Huffing In the Car

Via The State in South Carolina:

A 32 year old man was charged with inhaling aromatic hydrocarbons, passing a stopped school bus and resisting police after an inhalant related incident.

Police responded to a call of a reckless driver at 7:30 am last Wednesday.  The witness had reported the man almost hit, then passed a school bus with its red flashing lights. They found the driver huffing from a can of keyboard cleaner.  he told police he had just gotten off work but when they noted the time, he indicated he was going to work. Seven cans of the duster were removed from the car, five were empty and two were cold to the touch indicating they had just been used. His car was towed, he was taken to the medical center and then brought to jail.

Additional Charges in Deadly Colorado Crash

Via the Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado:

Last March, a 31 year old man drove his car through the basement of home, killing a 46 year old man and injuring his wife. A judge recently found probable cause to try the driver on charges of vehicular homicide, manslaughter, and leaving the scene of an accident along with a second vehicular homicide charge alleging he was under the influence of inhalants and a charge of vehicular homicide by reckless driving.

Tennessee Man Crashes Car into Telephone Pole After Huffing Behind the Wheel

Via the Times News in Tennessee:

An 18 year old man crashed his car into a telephone pole after huffing computer duster.  Last Wednesday evening, a deputy arrived at his home to investigate a vehicle leaving the scene of an accident. The man's mom told him that her son had arrived home "high" on inhalants and the man tested poorly on field sobriety tests. He admitted to huffing the computer duster before leaving his residence and was charged with DUI, failure to maintain proper control, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, no insurance, and seatbelt violation.

West Virginia Father arrested for child neglect

Via WDTV5 News:

A man in Morgantown, West Virginia was arrested for child neglect on Sunday after allegedly huffing a can of duster in front of his daughter. Police found the man passed out and incoherent on the rail train with a can of duster in his hand. His young daughter was in a stroller just a few feet away. The man told police that he had not huffed the whole can that day.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Illinois Woman Passes Out in Kmart Restroom After Huffing

Via the Elmhurst Patch in Illinois:

A 28 year old woman was arrested after an inhalant abuse related incident.  At 5:40 pm she took a cab to a Kmart saying she needed to use an ATM but she did not come out of the store.  Her boyfriend showed up, paid the taxi driver, and store employees soon found her passed out in the womens restroom. She had been huffing computer duster. She was arrested on charges of retail theft and unlawful use of an intoxicating compound.

After Fatal Accident, Chicago Area Woman Reaching Out to Teens

Via Comcast SportsNet in Chicago:

The 20 year woman who, while under the influence of inhalants, ran over and killed a 5 year old girl spoke to thirty Chicago teens last week, warning them about the dangers of drugs.  She is to be sentenced next month for aggravated DUI and reckless homicide.

With a photo of the young victim on the table next to her, she told the teens she started using drugs, when she was 12 years old. She also discussed being bullied and struggling with finding her identity as an adopted child.  At 15 she moved to heavier drugs and prescription pills to cope with a pit bull attack that left her face scarred. At 16 she entered a treatment center in Utah and stayed there until she graduated high school.When she returned home, depression kicked back in and she started using again. 

On September 3, 2012 she noted she made "the terrible decision to drive under the influence. I passed out behind the wheel of the car. My car went over four lanes of traffic and hit the pedestrian family. I turned around after I got out of the car, and I saw two people laying on the ground — a woman screaming 'My miniƱa!' and a little girl. I ran over as best I could and tried giving the girl CPR and held the mother's hand, and when the cops arrived, I got up and said, 'I did this. Will you take me away? I was driving under the influence. I did this." 

The following day  officers told her the young girl had died and she was charged with the accident. She said she has been sober since and has been volunteering at a recovery center with troubled kids while helping to start a "Step Up! & Say No To Drugs!" campaign.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Inhalant Abuse in Fayetteville Arkansas

Via the NWA Online in Arkansas:

The woman was found "face down, legs crossed, her body as still as the water pooled around her."  Two cans of computer duster were in her lap and a third can floated not far away. A receipt in her purse revealed she had bought the cans that afternoon. The state crime lab reported her cause of death as difluoroethane toxicity and drowning. Twelve days later, another Fayetteville woman died after huffing computer dusters in a hotel bathroom.

The article notes that in Arkansas, according to statute 5-60-116, it is a class B misdemeanor to huff products to achieve a condition of intoxication and that the state bans the possession and distribution of nitrous oxide.  Additionally, in Arkansas, 6.1 percent of eight-graders reported using inhalants in 2009 compared to the national average of 3.8 percent.


Repeat Huffer Arrested in California

Via the Ukiah Daily Journal in California:

Police responded to a call of a man huffing from an aerosol can with his pants down. They located a 36 year old man and noticed he had a can with him and that he was currently on probation for possessing inhalants.  He was placed under arrest on suspicion of possessing an inhalant and violating probation.

The next morning officers responded to a call for a subject who had stolen several cans from a store and it was believed he was huffing from them in the back of the building. Employees of the store noticed he had inhaled from the can before leaving the store, discarded the can, and vomited before proceeding to the back of the store with the remaining cans.  Police discovered it was the same man from the previous evening's incident. He began huffing as officers approached. He was arrested once again.

Pregnant Indiana Mom Arrested After Huffing

Via the NW Times in Indiana:

When the police arrived at the 22 year old female's door last week they thought she was suffering from a seizure.  The woman, who is six months pregnant, awoke from the officer's knocking on the front door, screamed and immediately began huffing a duster. Police broke down the front door and removed the can from the woman's hand.

Officers were there to serve her a warrant for an inhalant abuse incident from July 9. She told police she was addicted to huffing, was transported to a medical center for evaluation and then to jail.  The baby's father told police he had called them previously hoping she would be arrested because he had found her unconscious several times before.

Minnesota Youth Caught Huffing in a Park in Duluth

Via the Duluth News Tribune:

 The police report for August 18th notes the Hibbing police department had to be called to address the issue of two juveniles huffing substances in a park.

Body of Man Found Behind Shopping Plaza Identified

Via the Journal Star in Illinois:

The body found behind a shopping center last week has been identified as 36 year old Ryan Sailors.

The article notes that in 2009, he started using inhalants to help mask the pain of losing his father to lung cancer. Within the past five years he had struggled with addiction and he was still wearing his hospital bracelet from his last stay on July 21st after he had been found dehydrated and disoriented.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Michigan Man Charged with Huffing Nitrous Oxide in Florida

Via the Sun Sentinel in Florida:

A 29 year old Michigan Man was arrested after he was caught huffing from a canister of nitrous oxide in a Publix parking lot.  

He was seen "laying back and 'huffing' in his car.  Inside the vehicle police found "several packages of nitrous oxide." He was taken into custody and faces charges of inhaling harmful chemicals.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

North Carolina Man Caught Huffing in Walmart Bathroom

Via the Gaffney Ledger in South Carolina:

The police blotter notes that on August 12, a North Carolina man was taken into custody after he had shoplifted three cans of computer duster from Walmart and began huffing from them in the store's bathroom.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Washington Man Caught Huffing Twice in the Same Day

Via the Nisqually Valley News in Washington:

Earlier this month police responded to a call for a man who had lost consciousness while huffing from a can.  He left before officers arrived but they found him nearby. Later that day, they were called to a local restaurant where the same man was once again abusing inhalants.  He passed out, fell on his face, and walked away.  He was cited for inhaling toxic fumes and is required to appear in court.

Man Arrested for Huffing Gold Paint in Tennessee

Via the Greenville Sun in Tennessee:

Last week a 21 year old man was charged with public intoxication and unlawful possession of an inhalant. Police responded to a call of a man "yelling at himself" and found the man with gold paint on his face and he "seemed to be intoxicated from huffing the paint." They found the bag with the gold paint he had been using and also discovered he was on probation for "possession of an inhalant."

South Carolina Woman Huffs Duster In Front of Officer

Via The State in South Carolina:

A 52 year old woman was arrested this past weekend after police found her huffing from a can of computer duster outside of a CVS Pharmacy.

Police responding to the call found the woman on the ground and as they approached, she stood up and was very unsteady on her feet. She inhaled from the can as officers were talking with her and again as they were walking to the police car, which led the officer to put her in handcuffs. She was taken to the hospital for examination and then transported to the detention facility.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Louisiana Woman Charged With Inhalant Abuse - Third Time in Three Weeks

Via the News Star in Louisiana:

A 47 year old woman is charged with inhalant abuse after police officers found her huffing from computer dusters in a car outside a Rite Aid.   She was slumped over in the driver's seat, incoherent and inhaling from the duster. Officers found a receipt for three cans of duster and she was trying to inhale from the third can when officers arrived.

She told officers that she had been caught three times in three weeks- once at a school, once at a Walmart, and then at the Rite Aid. She also noted she had first started abusing inhalants 21 years ago "due to medical reasons."

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Homeless Man Huffs Paint and Kicks Cat in Tennessee

Via Knoxville News Sentinel:

A homeless man became upset after being arrested for public intoxication after huffing paint.  He kicked a pet carrier containing a cat, which had a wire around its neck for a leash that was caught in its mouth., and was arrested for animal cruelty. 

Minnesota Woman Arrested For Huffing Hair Spray

Via the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota:

The local crime report notes that on this past Monday a 22 year old woman was arrested after huffing hair spray.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Indiana Man Arrested After Huffing in Car

Via WBIW in Indiana:

A 37 year old man was arrested and charged with "inhaling a toxic vapor." On Saturday afternoon, police were called to a fast food restaurant for a report of a man sleeping in a car.  As they were on their way a second call came in reporting the man had left and was in a nearby parking lot. Police found him leaning out the car door vomiting and when he saw the officers he took off.  They caught up with him and he admitted he had been huffing.

Wisconsin Man Dead After Huffing

Via WAOW in Wisconsin:

A 34 year old man was found dead in his home and inhalant abuse is the suspected cause of death. A coworker was concerned he did not show up for work and police noted when they responded, what they found indicates he had been "huffing."

Monday, August 11, 2014

Connecticut Man Abuses Inhalants and Tries to Break Into Firefighter's Home

Via The Hour in Connecticut:

 A 42 year old man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for trying to break into a former firefighter's house while high from huffing from computer dusting spray.  During the May 2013 incident, the homeowner told police a car drove up onto his front lawn and the driver got out of the car and was acting very strange. He walked to the back deck, told the homeowner he was with the FBI and tried to enter the house. The homeowner's son restrained the man until police arrived. A 13-year old girl was also home during the attempted break-in and she reportedly still has nightmares about it. The man's attorney revealed he had shoplifted the product calling it "the lowest form of drug he could possibly do to get high."

Man Huffs Paint Thinner and Assaults 7 Year Old Boy.

Via WTAE in Pennsylvania:

A 57 year old man, in an altered state after huffing paint thinner, assaulted a 7 year old neighbor. The man walked across the street to where the boy was playing and pinned him against a telephone pole. A mailman intervened and the man was taken to the hospital and charged with unlawful restraint of a minor, simple assault, and illegal use of certain solvents and noxious substances. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Man Arrested for Huffing in his Car in Virginia

Via the Daily Press in Virginia:

The Gloucester Weekly Crime Log reports that on August 3, a sheriff's deputy observed a suspicious vehicle. The 45 year old male driver locked the doors and refused to roll down the window, huffing from a canister as he ignored the deputy's commands. Eventually he was arrested and issued six summonses for obstruction of justice, driving suspended, reckless driving, drinking while driving, improper stopping on highway, and inhaling drugs or noxious chemical.

MIchigan Woman Arrested for Huffing Hairspray

Via the Traverse City Record-Eagle in Michigan:

A 22 year old woman was arrested, her third offense of operating under the influence of drugs after she was found unresponsive in her car.  Deputies noticed the car parked on the shoulder of the road with its lights on and windows fogged. They noticed a strong smell of hairspray inside the car and found eight cans inside, half of which were empty. Police also found a receipt showing the woman had bought the products just an hour and 20 minutes prior.

She failed sobriety tests and was arrested for "operating under the influence of drugs, operating with a suspended driver's license and prohibited use of chemical agents." 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

SWAT Called After Washington Man High on Spray Paint Waves Gun

Via The Olympian 

Police arrested a Washington man who wielded a handgun at officers while he was high on paint fumes.  The man reported feeling sick after huffing spray paint.  When medics and officers arrived the man had his handgun and waved it at police.  Officers called for backup from the SWAT Team.  SWAT team officers entered and took the man into custody.  The man was booked on domestic violence charges from outstanding warrants.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Zealand Man Dies after Huffing Butane

Via Stuff in New Zealand:

The coroner findings have been released and reveal that a 24 year old man who died on November 20, 2013 died from "acute butane toxicity" after huffing lighter fluid.

The article points out that in New Zealand between 2000 and 2012, there have been 63 deaths related to huffing butane, with 55 of them under 24 years old and 24 of them under 17.

The report also notes that after up to three minutes, the man collapsed and fell face down.  Friends and paramedics were unable to revive him and he died at the park.





Monday, August 4, 2014

Man Huffs Gas While Smoking a Cigarette in Australia

Via the Crime Library (case from Australia):

On December 18, 2013 a neighbor told police she heard an explosion, ran outside and found a disheveled man with a completely burned off beard sitting on her patio demanding food. When police arrived the man admitted he had entered the shed with a lit cigarette while sniffing gas when the fire started.  He was charged with arson and unlawfully entering the shed.  This past week at the preliminary hearing the man's attorney argued for a lesser charge of negligence.


Ohio Man Huffs Propane in the Woods

Via the Daily Jeffersonian in Ohio:

The police blotter from August 3 notes that at 7:44 pm a woman called to report that her son was huffing from a propane tank in the nearby woods.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Test Results Awaited in New Jersey Man's Death After Huffing

Via NJ.com

New Jersey police are waiting for test results to determine the cause of death of a man who passed out after inhaling computer cleaner.

The 41 year-old man was found passed out in the back seat of a taxi cab.  He was arrested, examined, and then released.   Hours later police received a call for medical assistance.  They found the man in cardiac arrest and began performing CPR.  He was taken to a local hospital where he died about two hours later.  The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and is awaiting the results of a toxicology report to determine if inhalants were involved in his death.

Montana Man Arrested For Huffing

Via the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in Montana:

Last Tuesday's police blotter reports: A 22-year-old was arrested for criminal possession of toxic substances after he was seen huffing at the Bozeman Ponds.