Police arrest woman accused of huffing behind the wheel

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A woman who reportedly told police she was coming from "nowhere" wound up somewhere: jail.

Jonesboro police arrested Amanda Jo Treadaway, 41, of Trumann on suspicion of breathing, huffing or drinking certain intoxicating compounds; possession of a Schedule III controlled substance less than 2 grams; and tampering with physical evidence.

According to the initial incident report, Treadaway was "huffing" air duster Tuesday morning when she nearly hit a man's car on East Highland.

The man called Jonesboro Police and Fire Dispatch then followed her to the Walmart parking lot.

When officers arrived, they found Treadaway sitting in her parked car with a "dazed expression" on her face.

Officer Gary Jackson asked Treadaway where she was coming from and she reportedly stated, "Nowhere."

She answered in the affirmative, according to the report, when Jackson asked if she had "just suddenly appeared at Walmart out of nowhere."

Jackson said Treadaway acted "surprised and insulted" when he asked if she had been inhaling any sort of paint or air duster.

She denied having any type of inhalant in the vehicle and agreed to a search of the car, the report stated.

When she got out of the car Officer Joshua Beasley, who was also on the scene, said he "noticed her shoving something up her shirt."

Not sure if the "large bulge" in her stomach area was a weapon or not, Beasley reportedly ordered Treadaway to place her hands on top of the car then grabbed the object hidden beneath her waistband.

"It was a can of air duster," Beasley stated in the report.

He and Jackson both noted the can was empty and cold, indicating it had been recently used.

Treadaway then "began to cry and apologize," Jackson reported.

According to the report, she told the officers she had an upcoming court date for huffing air duster and needed help.

She reportedly begged the officers to not take her to jail, saying she was on her way to work.

Jackson administered a series of standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs) before taking her into custody.

At the Craighead County Detention Center, Jackson said he saw Treadaway "remove something from the front area of her waistband and put it in her mouth."

"I immediately grabbed her throat to keep her from swallowing and ordered her to spit it out," Jackson stated in his report. "It was two pills, identified as hydrocodone."

Treadaway reportedly told the officer the pills were not hers and that her mother had put them in her pocket.

Treadaway was placed on a 6-hour hold and she was given a $2,000 cash or surety bond.

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