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Monday, July 14, 2014

New York teenager injured after huffing and driving

Via Press Republican in New York

On July 12, a teenager huffing behind the wheel was injured after he passed out and maneuvered his vehicle into a tree. A woman called the police to report two young men that she believed were abusing drugs in a 2004 Jeep Cherokee parked in Plattsburgh. As police were on their way to the scene, the car had driven away and headed to the South turnpike. A witness followed the vehicle and observed the car driving into the East shoulder of the turnpike and hit several mailboxes. The car swerved across lanes before hitting a tree on the East side. The driver, a 17-year-old male, was behind the wheel and had blacked out. He was taken to the hospital for chest injuries that he sustained in the crash. 

The second male passenger, age 16, told officers he had grabbed the steering wheel to attempt to control the vehicle. In the car, police found a compressed-gas duster can as well as a small amount of Marijuana. After being released by the hospital, the driver was arrested by police and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and illegal sale and use of toxic vapors, a misdemeanor under NY State Public Health Law. The 17-year-old driver was also ticketed for third-degree aggravated unlawful unlicensed operation, failure to keep right, failure to maintain lane, moving from lane unsafely, reckless driving, and failure to obey a traffic control device. The teen is scheduled to appear in Court at 5pm on the 17th of July.

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