Tahlequah Daily Press

August 6, 2013

Man caught inhaling cleaner

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A 19-year-old Tahlequah man was jailed Sunday after he was allegedly caught inhaling computer cleaner, then told police he had been at a party and might have left a juvenile autistic family member behind.

Tahlequah Officer Cody Warren and Sgt. Robert Jones received a call from Walmart Sunday after a vehicle ran over a curb on the back side of the store.

Walmart employees said a man – later identified as Christian James Haney – was in the vehicle inhaling from a green can.

Warren said he arrived and saw Haney leaning on the vehicle. Haney began walking away after he was told to stop, but eventually complied with officers.

Warren said Haney had a white and green can in his right hand, but held onto it after he was told to drop it. Warren said Haney had a “blank look on his face.”

The officer eventually knocked the can out of Haney’s hand.

Haney, according to Warren, was “very incoherent and lethargic,” and could only provide his name to police. Haney was arrested and Warren retrieved the can Haney had been holding, described as a computer cleaner that had teeth marks on the nozzle.

Haney was taken to the police department, and when being booked, officers discovered a car key in Haney’s left sock and a pack of Zig Zags in the right sock, Warren said.

When Haney took off his shoes and socks, police said they found several round pills and a small coffee straw.

Warren then began transporting Haney to the Cherokee County Detention Center. During the ride, Haney allegedly told the officer he remembered being at a party with friends and said he had his autistic brother with him. Jones went to the home, and Haney was booked into the jail for public intoxication, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a penal institution, child neglect, and child endangerment.