Woman arrested for DUI after huffing compressed air, crashing car

ST. GEORGE — A woman was arrested Monday afternoon on psychotoxic chemical abuse and DUI charges after reportedly huffing compressed air following a court-mandated drug test and then driving her car into a dirt-covered concrete berm in St. George.

A woman was arrested Monday for DUI after crashing her car into a concrete berm on 1000 East, St. George, Utah, April 13, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A woman was arrested Monday for DUI after crashing her car into a concrete berm on 1000 East, St. George, Utah, April 13, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

At approximately 1:50 p.m., officers responded to a report of a woman passed out behind the wheel of a Ford Fusion car just north of the St. George Boulevard on 1000 East.

When police arrived, the Ford Fusion was gone, but in driving a block further north, they found the car had jumped a large pile of dirt and trash and crashed into the berm, St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said.

Sloane Neumann, of St. George, was found passed out behind the wheel of the Ford Fusion with cans of compressed air in the car.

Holmes said Neumann was removed from the car and regained consciousness, then admitted to police that she had been huffing the chemical.

Neumann had reportedly been to court for a drug test about 90 minutes before the incident occurred, Holmes said. She left the court and immediately went to purchase the cans of compressed air, which she used to get intoxicated. Holmes said evidence was found on the scene to corroborate that purchase.

Sloane Neumann, of St. George, booking photo posted April 13, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office
Sloane Neumann, of St. George, booking photo posted April 13, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office

After a sobriety check, Neumann was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and was transported by police car to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for medical clearance.

After receiving medical clearance, Neumann was transported and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Based on damage to the car, police believe Nemann had been involved in an earlier collision, Holmes said, however, no other incident had been reported. Holmes said if anyone has unexplained damage in the area, to please contact the St. George Police Department.

No other cars were involved in the crash, Holmes said, but the Ford Fusion was totaled in the wreck.

According to inhalants.org, compressed air is not merely just air in a can. It’s a combination of chemicals, including either tetrafluoroethane or difluoroethane. When used as directed, the chemicals are harmless, but when the chemicals are concentrated and inhaled, symptoms ranging from dizziness and intoxication to death can occur from a condition known as Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • fun bag April 13, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I guess her meth dealer was out of town. Gotta get high somehow, right?

  • Free Parking April 13, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Sometimes it just pays to taked a cab

    • anyonemouse April 14, 2015 at 9:18 am

      So do you like own a cab company?

      • Free Parking April 14, 2015 at 4:49 pm

        So like you need taked a cab somewhere.?

        • anyonemouse April 14, 2015 at 5:14 pm

          No, but thanks for askin!

          • Free Parking April 14, 2015 at 10:37 pm

            No problem I would of told you to walk…..

  • Real Life April 13, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Wow, we sure have got a lot of people looking to escape reality here in St George.

    • Lastdays April 14, 2015 at 6:37 am

      Yea, they all move here from California

      • Free Parking April 14, 2015 at 9:24 am

        Yeah we get all the California drugged out scum bags

      • ladybugavenger April 14, 2015 at 3:25 pm

        One of them should open up a 24 hour donut shop with coffee and croissants with cheese in em.

        • sagemoon April 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm

          That’s right, we are still lacking a local donut shop. Gotta get some donuts.

          • Free Parking April 15, 2015 at 12:26 am

            We gotta have a donut shop with a cop and meth head lounging area and then a non coffee lounging area for the Mormons

  • beentheredonethat April 13, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    She should have taken pain killers. They are the norm here, “legal” and readily available.

  • Linda April 13, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    what a shame that know one here can see the bigger picture. this young woman was trying to commit suicide, that is so openly plain to see, she is screaming and begging for help, and they will put her in jail, and where she may very well find better means to do it with there. this young woman needs help, she needs prayers and one hell of a good addiction program, she needs Hope, and Help, can’t you all here her screaming for it. drug addiction is a sad and horrible problem, I hope she can get the help she needs, and craves. not all drug addicts are bad people , most are a good people who made a bad choice.

  • Free Parking April 14, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Go to jail.!

  • sagemoon April 14, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Dang huffer! With that said, I feel bad for someone who is so desperate for a high that they resort to huffing so they won’t get caught by drug testing. This lady needs some inpatient rehabilitation before she kills herself, someone else, or ruins her brain for the long term. Jail is a good place to keep her temporarily so she can’t hurt herself or others, but she needs to be in treatment ASAP. Scary incident!

  • beentheredonethat April 14, 2015 at 9:33 am

    A long time in jail would break the addiction.

  • fun bag April 14, 2015 at 10:53 am

    if ur gonna huff aerosols u should of took a cab

    • Free Parking April 14, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      and order pizza with a bottle of soda and some straws…. LOL

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