Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:57 PM by MTN News
Updated: Aug 19, 2013 6:57 PM
On Saturday, August 17th, five juvenile girls, ages 13 to 15, crashed their vehicle into a business on Harrison Avenue in Butte.
All five were treated for minor injuries but eight cans of inhalants were found in the vehicle along with Twisted Tea alcoholic drinks.
The 15-year-old driver was taken to St. James Healthcare. A blood sample was taken and sent to the State Crime Lab.
And while results of the sample are awaited, local Law Enforcement has sent out a warning about the dangers of huffing inhalants after the car full of teenagers crashed into the building inflicting significant structural damage on it.
Undersheriff George Skuletich said, "I think it's dangerous to kids out there that are doing it to get high and they don't realize how dangerous it is." These inhalants can be purchased at stores, found at workplaces or even at home and are being used commonly to get high.
Inhaling these contents can not only be harmful but also fatal, according to law enforcement officials.
"A small amount of it can make you pass out and if you're operating a vehicle or something like that, it's very unsafe," Skuletich said. "It's a high that results in passing out, it's a high that you may not wake up from."
Skuletich also said that clerks and people in general have to be aware of kids coming in either to buy a bunch of spray paint or dust off, etc. "Be aware that they're not using it to clean their computers. They're using it to get high," he said.
Several Butte businesses and stores will be receiving a letter to watch for large purchases of inhalants.
The 15 year old driver was taken to St. James Healthcare.
A blood draw was taken and sent to the State Crime Lab and results are pending.