Cedar Rapids Man Charged With Reckless Driving After Huffing Compressed Air

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

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By Richard Pratt

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- A Cedar Rapids man was found passed out behind the wheel of a car after huffing compressed air.

Cedar Rapids police took a report of a black SUV driving slowly and weaving on Blairs Ferry Road NE at 2 p.m. Thursday. Officers found the vehicle at Council Street and Blairs Ferry Road stopped in the left lane.

Police said the driver, 27-year-old Jeffery W. Parson, was passed out holding a can of compressed air, which is used to dust electronics and other products.

Officers knocked on the window until Parson woke up, tried to hide the can of duster and opened the door.

Parson was taken into custody and charged with glue sniffing, a city charge that Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said refers to the use of “any kind of inhalant that can cause stupefaction.” Parson was also charged with reckless driving, a state charge.
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