Huffing blamed for flipped car on Westwind

Cary Ashby • Mar 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM

A Norwalk teen faces several charges in connection with a one-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Westwind Drive.

(NOTE - To see pictures of the crash scene, click HERE.)

Victor C. Schaffer, 19, of Norwalk, was charged with abusing harmful intoxicants, failure to control, driving with a suspended license and a seatbelt violation.

Norwalk Police Sgt. Kenneth Stiert, who helped direct traffic at the crash site, was asked what intoxicants Schaffer reportedly was abusing.

"It was duster -- computer duster," Stiert said.

"He admitted to using it at Walmart. He apparently had purchased it at Walmart. He claimed he blacked out and lost control. He woke up to find himself upside down in the vehicle."

It's unknown what, if any, history of huffing Schaffer has.

Stiert said the 2001 Ford Escort belongs to someone else, but it wasn't stolen.

Police said the car was westbound on Westwind Drive when it took out two mailboxes on the north side of the road. Schaffer went through a front yard, traveled about 100 yards then flipped on the south side of the road, before hitting another mailbox and a tree.

The Norwalk Fire Department responded to the rollover accident at 12 Westwind Drive at 3:55 p.m. The crew reported they checked for victims, established a safe area and returned to the station 23 minutes after they arrived.

Capt. Eric Hipp has said the two people in the car appeared to be uninjured. The passenger was a 16-year-old Norwalk boy.

"There were no injuries for either of them," said Stiert, who isn't aware of any charges pending against the passenger.

Schaffer was given a sobriety test at the scene. He and his passenger were handcuffed and placed in police cruisers.

"Officer Mike Biller did perform a sobriety test on him. He did take him into custody," said Stiert, who was at the crash site with Biller, Hipp and Officer John Crabill. "He was released."

The investigation was ongoing as of press time.

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