Damage to a Kilkenny Circle home can be seen following a car accident Tuesday which resulted in a driving while under the influence of a controlled substance arrest and an interfering with an investigation citation.
The man’s SUV allegedly sideswiped a green garbage bin before crashing head-on into the side of a Kilkenny Circle home Tuesday afternoon, causing more than $1,000 in damages, Gillette police said Wednesday morning.
Officers responded to reports of a car accident in the 500 block of Kilkenny Circle around 2:41 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, according to Detective Sgt. Eric Dearcorn with the Gillette Police Department (GPD).
Gillette resident, 28-year-old Eric Hanson, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Police found evidence to support that Hanson had been “huffing,” after an erratic joyride through the Iron Horse subdivision ended with his 2009 Chevy Suburban face-planting into the side of a home in northwest Gillette.
The incident also resulted in a citation for the vehicle’s passenger. Hanson’s wife, 24-year-old Angela Hanson, allegedly attempted to tell police that she was the one driving at the time of the accident. She was cited for interfering with an investigation.
“Huffing” refers to sucking on chemicals from aerosol cans to experience a short-lived rush or high.
Because the high from huffing inhalants only lasts a few minutes, according to information from the Wyoming Division of Victim Services’ safetotellwy,org website, some people may inhale over and over again for long periods of time to maintain the high, increasing the amount of dangerous chemicals entering and damaging the body. The effects are similar those of drinking alcohol — at first someone gets excited, but then gets tired, has trouble speaking clearly or walking well, gets dizzy, loses inhibitions, and may get agitated.
An offense like this falls under state law 31-5-233(B), according to Campbell County Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds, that specifically prohibits driving while inhaling an intoxicating substance.
Reynolds said he hasn’t seen an increase in huffing-related incidents in Campbell County recently.
“Every once in a while, we have a run of them,” he said.