September 26th, 2012 at 4:44 pm
A 19-year-old woman was inhaling a cleaning agent before she crashed her car in Palatine, the authorities said. The young driver was also under the influence of heroin, cocaine, and codeine at the time, according to prosecutors. The woman is being charged with aggravated DUI.
Karli Casey, 19, has been in the Cook County Jail since April. Police said Casey was high on an aerosol keyboard cleaner when she crashed her car into another vehicle. Experts say an aerosol cleaning product provides a cheap high, according to the story about the case in the Chicago Tribune.
In addition to Casey, four other people were injured in the crash. An elderly woman in the other car has been hospitalized since the accident. Casey’s court appearance was a day after charges were brought on another young driver who inhaled a cleaning product.
The same news story mentioned a case our blog discussed earlier. Carly Rousso, 18, drove her car immediately after inhaling a computer dust-cleaning product, officials said. Rousso’s alleged DUI ended up with the death of a five-year-old girl. Rousso was released from Lake County jail after posting the required portion of her $500,000 bond.
This new phenomenon of huffing cleaning products is quickly becoming prominent in the news because of the car crashes where a possible connection exists.
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