SHERIDAN — A teenager under the influence of inhalants is thought to be the cause of a three vehicle accident at the intersection of North Main Street and 11th Street Friday night.
Sheridan Police Lt. Chris Dahmke said officers were dispatched to the location at approximately 9:45 p.m. and found one of the vehicles had come to rest in the yard of a residence on the 500 block of North Main Street, and the 17-year-old driver of the vehicle was laying on the ground with an injured leg.
“The driver had made the comment he had been huffing, which means inhaling intoxicants like canned air or paint, and had blacked out,” Dahmke said.
He added that huffing is a dangerous practice that can potentially lead to irreversible brain damage.
“It actually causes permanent damage after heavy use and probably even moderate use,” he said. “If there had been high speeds involved in this crash, someone probably would have died.”
Dahmke indicated there were other passengers in the car at the time of the accident, one of whom was transported to Sheridan Memorial Hospital along with the driver for injuries.
The occupants of the other two vehicles involved in the accident declined medical care at the scene.
Dahmke said alcohol was also present at the crash site, but it is unclear whether the teenager had consumed any or just had it in his possession.
Dahmke said the teenager was ultimately charged with five offenses: driving under the influence, minor in possession, driver’s license required, seatbelt required and running a stop sign. A court date has been set for Oct. 8 in circuit court.
The MIP citation is one of three issued by Sheridan Police over the weekend. Another was given to a 20-year-old female who had fake identification. This was her second MIP offense citation. A different MIP citation stemmed from a parent who notified police when their child came home intoxicated.