A Cincinnati Ohio man was arrested earlier this week when it was discovered he was driving impaired after “huffing paint”.
On Monday, August 26th, 2019, at approximately 5:15 p.m., First Sergeant Terrance Weems was eastbound on I-80/94 in the left-center lane (four lanes of traffic) west of Burr Street when he saw a red car overtaking him quickly.
Traffic was heavy and moving slow. The red car, later identified as a 2012 Hyundai, overtook and passed Weems unmarked police car and began to follow another vehicle less than a car length.
The Hyundai eventually moved to the left lane and began passing traffic on the left shoulder, cutting off another vehicle, and changing lanes without utilizing a turn signal.
Weems was able to stop the Hyundai at the 6.9-mile marker (approximately a mile east of Burr Street). Upon approaching the Hyundai, Weems was hit with a strong odor of spray paint coming from inside the car.
The driver, later identified as Alec E. Sadauskas, 21 of Cincinnati, Ohio, had red spray paint on his face, hands, neck, shirt and a blue jean jacket.
Sadauskas’ speech was slurred and he appeared confused while Weems talked with him. When questioned about the paint he began to get angry and said the paint can “exploded” in his face. The paint can, however, was intact and not damaged.
Further investigation revealed that Sadauskas was under the influence, with the spray paint being used as an intoxicant.
Sadauskas was taken and incarcerated at the Lake County Jail in Crown Point and charged with;
- Operating While Intoxicated
- Operating While Intoxicated Endangerment
- Improper Passing on the Left
- Following too Closely
- Unsafe Lane Movement