Minnesota Woman, Convicted of DWI Due to Huffing, Has Conviction Overturned

DFE, the chemical found in cans of Dust-Off, was found in Chantel Carson's system

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed the impaired driving convictions of a woman who was found slumped over in her car on three occasions after inhaling compressed air.

DFE, the chemical found in cans of Dust-Off, was found in Chantel Carson’s system.

But the Supreme Court overturned her convictions because DFE is not listed as a hazardous substance under Minnesota’s driving-while-impaired statute.

The majority acknowledged this decision means a driver who is dangerously intoxicated by DFE isn’t criminally liable, but they say it’s up to the Legislature to fix the law.

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