JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro woman, who crashed two times in the past year while huffing, told police she knew it was illegal to use air duster while driving but thought she "could do it while not driving."
She was wrong.
Jonesboro police arrested 41-year-old Jennifer Douglas after finding her passed out in the middle of the road Monday afternoon near Woodsprings and Twin Oaks.
Two women, out for a walk during their lunch break, reported finding Douglas passed out in a bed of leaves near a privacy fence near the roadway.
When they awoke her, they say she walked out into the street and passed out.
That's where Officer Josh Landreth found her when he responded to their call for help.
He also reported finding a Walmart bag containing two air duster cans, a soda and a receipt. The receipt showed a three-pack of air duster had been purchased that morning.
According to the initial incident report, Landreth asked Douglas if she was aware that huffing air duster was illegal.
"Douglas said she knew it was illegal to do while driving because she has been arrested for that," Landreth stated. "But thought she could do it while not driving."
After emergency responders checked her possible injuries and confirming she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest, Landreth took Douglas into custody and drove her to the Craighead County Detention Center.
Douglas is charged with breathing, inhaling or drinking certain intoxicating compounds and contempt of court. She is being held in lieu of a $205 cash bond and a $625 surety bond awaiting a probable cause hearing.
Jonesboro police records indicate Douglas was arrested and charged with DWI-drugs; careless and prohibited driving; and breathing, inhaling or drinking certain intoxicating compounds on Aug. 29, 2015, after she crashed her car into Southwest Church of Christ, 1601 James.
At the time, Douglas claimed her phone had fallen into the passenger floorboard and she was reaching down to get it when her car slammed into the church.
During a search of the car, instead of finding a dropped phone Officer Melissia Dru reported finding "an opened air duster can that was still cold to the touch" under the passenger seat.
Also last year, on Jan. 24, police arrested Douglas after her car ran off the road and into the backyard of a home in the 2000-block of Emerald Cove.
The police report stated Douglas drove through a section of wood fencing and struck two trees, uprooting one, before coming to a stop.
At the time, Douglas said she "didn't really know what happened."
Officer Brian Arnold reported Douglas had a Walmart bag in her hand containing an open bag of air duster.
She was arrested and charged with DWI-drugs and contempt of court-nonpayment of fines.
On June 22, 2015, according to the police report, she entered a plea of no contest.
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