Police: La Crosse driver huffs aerosol, crashes into carProsecutors filed charges Monday against a North Side woman who crashed into a parked car after allegedly huffing aerosol.
By: La Crosse Tribune, Wis., Superior Telegram
Prosecutors filed charges Monday against a North Side woman who crashed into a parked car after allegedly huffing aerosol.
It's the fourth inhalant-related case filed this summer against Patricia McGuire, 42, who was charged with abuse of a hazardous substance and misdemeanor bail jumping. She was also cited for operating while intoxicated, driving without a license or insurance, and hit-and-run. She is being held on a $1,500 bond.
A witness said she saw a red Kia weaving down Prospect Street Friday evening, according to police reports. She watched as it careened into her father-in-law's Audi, which was parked on the street.
The woman's husband found the driver, later identified as McGuire, slumped over with no pulse. In her pocket he found a can of compressed air. According to the report, McGuire then gasped, opened her eyes and tried to start the car.
When the owner of the Audi reached in and removed the keys from the ignition, McGuire fled.
An officer found her nearby and an unused can of air in the car. According to reports, McGuire told police she pulled over and inhaled the aerosol.
McGuire said she'd borrowed the car from her mother-in-law, who had bailed her out of jail the previous week on a prior inhalant-related charge.
"She's gonna kill me," McGuire told the officer.
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