Whipped Cream Can DUI?

Posted On:  June 19, 2015

DUI suspect found with 13 cans of whipped cream

A woman in Williamson County, Tennessee (near Nashville) was recently arrested for her sixth DUI offense for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  This time it was an inhalant, most likely nitrous oxide.

Those interested in obtaining a euphoric effect inhale this chemical, commonly known as laughing gas. It is a colorless, non–flammable gas commonly used in surgery and dentistry as an anesthetic. This chemical is also used as an aerosol propellant for whipped cream, cooking sprays, and for filling packages of snack foods seeing as it is less likely to promote bacterial growth than oxygen.

While it may have other effects on the human body such as reducing anxiety and pain, most people who inhale it do so to release dopamine in the brain, which in turn makes the user feel good.  In other words, it produces the sought after “high.” Unfortunately, it also decreases one’s mental acuity making it dangerous to drive after consumption. Overuse or long term use of nitrous oxide has been reported to have significant adverse affects on the human body. The use of this substance is no laughing matter.

Remember, not all DUIs involve alcohol, if you or someone you know have received a DUI, contact Harris & Huge.

Federal and State Criminal Defense Lawyer Stephen Harris has practiced almost exclusively Criminal Defense his entire career. Mr. Harris served as a Public Defender with the Charleston County Public Defender’s Office in Charleston, SC until 2008.

Harris and Huge is a local Charleston law firm focusing on DUI Defense, Criminal Law Defense, Corporate Law, and Personal Injury.

When you or your loved one is accused of a crime in South Carolina, there is a terrible reality that jail time may be present. Harris & Huge can provide you or your loved one an attorney who can negotiate with solicitors, arrange for a reduction in charge, a lesser sentencing, or possibly, a dismissal.

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