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Blountville teen passes out while driving; allegedly 'huffed' dust remover before wreck

August 12th, 2010 11:53 am by Rain Smith

Police say a Wednesday morning wreck occurred when the 18-year-old driver passed out behind the wheel, shortly after she had "huffed" dust remover.

After receiving medical attention she was arrested.

The single-car accident occurred at 1:08 a.m. According to a report at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, a deputy responded to 5824 Fort Henry Drive, finding a 1999 Volvo S70 off the road.

The driver was identified as Lyndsey Pilkenton, 18, of 922 Buttermilk Road, Blountville. She allegedly stated she had fallen asleep while driving and that her right arm was hurting.

EMS responded to check Pilkenton's injuries, then transported her to Holston Valley Medical Center. The responding deputy notes her speech was slurred, but due to her injuries a field sobriety test was not conducted.

While awaiting a tow truck the officer surveyed Pilketon's vehicle, allegedly discovering a 12-ounce can of dust remover, two glass pipes and two straws. When the deputy visited the hospital to speak with Pilkenton, she allegedly admitted

to "huffing" the dust remover about 15 minutes prior to the wreck.

According to the report, she also admitted to smoking marijuana and snorting Xanax a few hours earlier.

Once released from the emergency room Pilkenton was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, improper use of hazardous inhalants and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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