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Police accuse driver of 'huffing' after crashing into building, narrowly missing 2 kids

Stephen Clarence Thomas (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Stephen Clarence Thomas (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Jonesboro police arrested a man on suspicion of huffing while driving after they said he narrowly missed hitting 2 young children with his pickup truck.

Steven Clarence Thomas, 33, of Bono is charged with DWI-drugs; careless and prohibited driving; and breathing, inhaling or drinking certain intoxicating compounds.

According to the accident report, shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday Thomas was northbound on South Gee near the Matthews Avenue intersection when his 1999 Chevy pickup truck crossed the turning lane and into oncoming traffic.

Officer Ryan Crawford stated the truck continued north in the southbound lane before hitting a curb then striking a light pole on the south side of the intersection.

Crawford reported the truck then continued northbound, crossing Matthews and striking another light pole on the north side of the intersection.

The truck then entered the parking lot of 721 South Gee where it slammed into a parked 2003 Chevy Trailblazer, Crawford said.

The owner of the SUV told police he pushed his 2 young children, ages 4 and 6, out of the way of the oncoming pickup truck.

Crawford reported the truck's front passenger side hit the man as it passed. Neither the man nor the children, according to the report, suffered life-threatening injuries.

After hitting the man the truck continued through the parking lot before hitting the building and a newspaper stand.

While investigating the crash, Crawford and other officers reported finding a cold, nearly empty can of air duster in the center console of Thomas' truck. They also reportedly found a plastic bag that was “wet and cold” on the passenger seat.

Believing Thomas had been “huffing air duster” officers took him to a local hospital where the report said Thomas agreed to a blood and urine test.

After testing Thomas was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was cited and left in lieu of a $1,775 bond.

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