Driver admits to huffing cleaner prior to Fairchild Air Force Base crash

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 7:42 PM

FAIRCHILD, Wash.—A driver admitted to huffing keyboard cleaner before crashing into a fence at Fairchild Air Force Bases. Court records filed Monday revealed what the driver, Arika McDowell,  told authorities  on Sunday night.

Authorities said alcohol was not involved in the crash.

The car breached the perimeter fence at Fairchild Air Force Base on Sunday night. Washington State Patrol troopers took McDowell , 22, into custody for possible DUI.  A 14-year-old passenger in the car was taken to the hospital for injuries from the crash.

Fairchild authorities said the breach had "little to no impact" on base operations.  A 30-foot section of the fence was immediately being repaired Sunday night.


The crash happened less than a mile from the main gate behind the Fairchild housing areas. Officials said there was never any threat to the base.

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