HPD: ‘Huffing’ leads to wreck as driver passes out at the wheel

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 4.25.01 PMBy KARI BLURTON
Hays Post

An 18-year-old Hays man is facing multiple charges after passing out at the wheel of a car while engaging in “huffing.”

According to Hays Police Department Chief of Police Don Scheibler, officers responded to the 3300 block of Vine Street shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday when a blue Oldsmobile “left the roadway and struck a pole.”

“Upon investigation, it was discovered the driver was engaging in ‘huffing’ by inhaling a can of aerosol duster,” Scheibler said.

The driver reportedly suffered a broken jaw. A passenger in the vehicle was not injured.

“Huffing” is a slang term used when people inhale chemicals to get high.

“We know it goes on,” said Scheibler, “It is a very dangerous practice.”

“We are very lucky the driver did not kill himself or caused a very serious accident that could have resulted in the death of several people,” Scheibler added.

Scheibler said the man, whose name is not being released, is facing allegations of driving under the influence, driving left of center, unlawful abuse of a toxic substance and possibly aggravated endangerment of a child because the passenger in the car was under the age of 18.


  • other shoe

    What parent is keeping the name out of the news? The person is 18 so should be no need for special privilege.

    • Bob

      Where does it say a parent is keeping their name from being released?? It’s probably because the person hasn’t been formally charges yet. Amazing how people make up their own stories.

      • Trasparancy?

        The fact that the Police arrested someone and took them to jail should be what triggers there name being released.

        • Seriously?

          He has a broken jaw. He is clearly in the hospital.

  • BiggieSmalls

    Wish they would have cared this much about huffing in 2003!

  • Valid Point

    Not saying its happening here or is going to when the arrest logs come out, but roughly 30% of people arrested in Hays never make the arrest logs. Special Privilege? Maybe.