Man arrested in huffing incident while driving

2013-09-23T13:04:00Z 2013-09-23T16:16:21Z Man arrested in huffing incident while driving Montana Standard
September 23, 2013 1:04 pm

A Butte man faces charges for allegedly huffing canned cleaner while driving, rendering himself unconscious behind the wheel.

Christian Crowe, 25, of Butte is accused of striking a utility pole while driving under the influence of Dust-Off, Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff Ed Lester said.

Crowe drove a 1999 Honda sport-utility vehicle into a pole at the intersection of Florence Avenue and Ottawa Street about 10 p.m. Sunday, Lester said. There was only minor damage to the car and pole, he added.

Officers later arrested Crowe on misdemeanor charges of possession of an intoxicating substance, hit and run and failure to report an accident. No injuries were reported.

This incident is at least the fifth in the past few months involving huffing, the sheriff said. In each case the person was abusing Dust-Off, which makes the user "unconscious very quickly," he said. None of the accidents involving drivers huffing has caused serious injuries, but they have included vehicles crossing into oncoming lanes.

The sheriff said people of all ages appear to be abuse the cleaner. 

In one huffing case, police say a carload of teenage girls crashed. Recent cases also include 50-year-old adults.

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