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Police: Man Admits To Inhaling Duster

3:20 PM, Aug 16, 2013   |    comments
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WILKESBORO, N.C. -- Police in Wilkesboro charged a man with inhaling toxic vapors after they investigated two 911 calls from a gas station.

Thursday, officers were called to the parking lot of Murphy Express in Wilkesboro. 

The callers reported a man sitting in his SUV inhaling a keyboard duster. When officers arrived they said the man was not in the Ford Explorer and denied that the vehicle belonged to him. The investigating officer said he saw duster cans on the floor in the back of the SUV and a black dog in the front passenger seat.

The officer did a computer check on the vehicle's tag and the driver's license and confirmed the car belonged to Shannon Ray McNiel, the same man officers were questioning. When officers confronted him again, McNiel admitted that he had taken "hits" from the cans of duster. McNiel was taken into custody and police seized five empty duster cans from the vehicle.

According to police, they found two duster cans lying in the right-side rear passenger floorboard and three cans lying underneath the rear passenger seat. Police also found a Wal-Mart receipt for the duster cans that showed a purchase date of Wednesday, August 14 at the Wal-Mart in Taylorsville, NC.

McNiel was charged with Inhaling Toxic Vapor. He was taken to Wilkes County Jail and his parents were called to come retrieve the vehicle and the dog. The five cans of air dusters and receipt were photographed and placed into evidence.

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