It’s all in a name.
Earlier this month, Clinton Police arrested a man after he was found passed out in his car in the parking lot of a convenience store after apparently huffing compressed gas.
According to the arrest report from the Clinton PD, officers were called to the parking lot of the Git N Go at 1106 North Seivers Boulevard the night of February 18th on a report of a possibly intoxicated man in a car. When Officer Trevor Smith responded, he found a 46-year-old Clinton man who “appeared to be unconscious, slumped over the seat holding a can up to his face.” When Smith knocked on the window, he described the man’s reactions as delayed and his demeanor as disoriented.
The driver rolled down the window and told the officer that he had just driven to the store from Wal-Mart, where he told Smith he had purchased eight, ten-ounce cans of Dust-Off compressed gas—commonly used to clean dust off of computer keyboards and the like–and admitted to the officer that he had taken “multiple hits” while sitting in the parking lot. Smith reported finding four open cans of the Dust-Off in the car, two of which were mostly empty.
The gas huffer, identified as 46-year-old James Huffman of Clinton, was said to have slurred speech and trouble staying focused. He was arrested on charges of public intoxication and the unlawful inhalation of aerosols. He has since been released on bond.