Police: Huffing led woman to crash twice


JASPER — Authorities allege a Cuzco woman had been huffing prior to crashing her SUV twice early Monday afternoon, once on the city’s north side and again just north of Jasper.


Police have accused Schae J. Burress, 23, 5584 N. Cuzco Road South, of felony impaired driving and other offenses.

Authorities received a dispatch at 12:49 p.m. reporting that several mailboxes in the vicinity of Home Depot had been struck by an SUV that then left the scene.

Police allege the vehicle involved was the 1998 Ford Explorer driven by Burress.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department made contact with Burress after her SUV ran into a guardrail along U.S. 231 north of County Road 400N.

The sheriff’s department alleged that Burress appeared impaired and admitted to huffing prior to the pair of mishaps. Police say they found her in possession of two recently purchased cans of computer duster, one that was used with the top broken off and another one that was full.

Authorities booked Burress into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:53 p.m. The sheriff’s department preliminarily charged her with a Level 6 felony count of operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction for the offense within the last five years and a preliminary misdemeanor count of inhaling toxic vapors. A deputy also cited her for driving with no insurance and for having a false or fictitious registration.

The Jasper Police Department preliminarily charged Burress with a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

The Haysville Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene of the accident near County Road 400N.

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