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Chief: boy admits to huffing

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Cave City Police Chief Vernon Gann cited a 12-year-old boy who Gann said admitted he had been huffing gasoline.

The unnamed boy is charged with public intoxication and huffing. Huffing means inhaling the fumes of a volatile chemical or substance to become intoxicated.

Gann went to the boy's home about 8:10 a.m. Sept. 6 after receiving word that the boy was intoxicated and staggering around the yard.

When Gann arrived he saw the boy leaning against a car on Main Street. When he attempted to stand on his own he would stagger and almost fall, Gann said.

While speaking with the boy's grandmother, Gann noticed a strong odor of gasoline coming from the boy. The boy said he went in a shed by the house and huffed gasoline, Gann said.

The grandmother, who is also guardian of the boy, said she thought the boy had gone to school until she saw him staggering around outside, Gann said. She then called 9-1-1.

Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service responded to the scene and examined the boy. They recommended that the grandmother take the boy to his family physician.

"I asked him if he had done this (huffing) before and he stated that he had," Gann said. "I asked him why he was not in school and he stated that he would rather go to jail than to school. I told him that we could probably arrange that."

The Sharp County juvenile officer was unavailable at the time of the incident. The boy was released on citations. He is to appear in juvenile court Sept. 20.

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