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Homeless Florida man arrested for huffing Dust Off

- By Rick Mills rimills@medianewsg­

A 55-year-old Florida man passed out with all his possession­s in a car he doesn’t own was arrested for inhaling electronic cleaner air spray in Mt. Pleasant Saturday.

Police were sent to a restaurant parking lot on Pickard Street just after 2:30 p.m. where they found the man unresponsi­ve behind the wheel with a can of Dust Off in his lap, according to a police report.

An airbag had deployed and one window was broken in the SUV, which belonged to a Greenville resident and had no insurance and plates that expired in 2018.

Police had the man taken to an emergency room for examinatio­n but later arrested him when he became combative with hospital staff.

Other Mt. Pleasant officers had encountere­d the man a week earlier, in another car he didn’t own also filled with his belongings, and said that he’d been huffing that day as well.

Huffing, also known as sniffing, describes inhaling fumes from household substances in order to experience a high.

The man was taken to the Isabella County Jail after a prosecutor authorized his arrest for huffing, or inhalation of a prohibited chemical substance.

Huffing is a misdemeano­r punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a $100 fine.

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