Man found passed out in car arrested for huffing air dusters
BATON ROUGE - 31-year-old Lance Boyd was arrested after he was found passed out in a vehicle intoxicated from huffing air dusters, police said.
According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department, on Friday Dec. 9, authorities were dispatched to North Mall Drive in reference to a complaint about a male passed out at the wheel of a vehicle.
The complainant, Boyd's wife, told authorities she found her husband in the driver seat of his vehicle huffing air dusters, according to police. She said that when she woke him up, Boyd was very disoriented, police said.
Police arrived at the location to find Boyd passed out, laying over the center console with the keys in the ignition, according to authorities.
Police walked up to the vehicle and knocked on the window. Upon knocking on the window, police said Boyd woke up, huffed the air duster can in his hand and passed back out.
Police then opened the car door, grabbed the air duster can from his hand and shook Boyd to awaken him, according to authorities. Once awake, police said Boyd was extremely out of it, and did not understand verbal commands.
Boyd was eventually able to make it out of the vehicle, and was handcuffed, police said. He was advised of his rights, to which he just looked at police with a confused look, according to authorities.
Police then asked Boyd if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages or had taken any illegal narcotics, to which he answered "nope" to both questions.
Boyd was subjected to a field sobriety test, to which he preformed poorly, according to police. Boyd was then advised he was being placed under arrest.
Police later located eight empty air duster cans in the front driver's side seat, authorities said.
The complainant later advised authorities that she located Boyd through the "Find my iPhone" app after he had never made it home the previous night. She also added that Boyd was arrested for theft and for huffing the same air dusters in July of this year.
Boyd was transported to LSP Troop A and was advised his rights regarding chemical testing for intoxication. Boyd was observed for at least 15 minutes and was then given an opportunity to provide a proper breath sample, police said. Boyd registered a 0.127g% BAC, but the machine read as "interferenet detected", according to police. Boyd is not diabetic and refused to provide a urine or blood sample, police said.
He was transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where he was booked with operation of a vehicle while intoxicated and abuse of toxic vapors.
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