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Man accused of huffing keyboard duster arrested in North Spokane twice in less than 24 hours

Spokane County Sheriff's department has arrested the same man twice in 24 hours due to intoxication thanks to keyboard duster.
Credit: Spokane Sheriff's depatment

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. — A driver was arrested a second time Friday after being found high on keyboard duster, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher Rangel, 42, was found passed out in his car holding a can of “Dust Off” keyboard cleaner after crashing into a silver Jeep Cherokee said Spokane County Police. Witnesses at the scene told police Rangel drove his black BMW through a closed gate and into the campground, where he crashed into the silver jeep. Rangel put the car in reverse, spinning the tire of his BMW as he attempted to leave, said Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Spokane County Deputy Taylor Smith said when he approached the window of the vehicle, Rangel woke up and began to inhale more from the can of “Dust Off” in his mouth.

The campground owner estimated the damage to the gate/fence caused by Rangel’s actions at over $5,000.

Earlier that same day, Rangel was also found unconscious in his car in a parking lot in the 12000 block of N. Newport Highway after hours on Friday by a security officer, the sheriff's office said. Rangel’s black BMW was sitting idle in the lot for an estimated 45 minutes after hours.

Spokane Deputy Hunter Ballou said he found 10 to 15 cans of keyboard duster in Rangel’s car, as well as the two cans of duster on the passenger seat, according to the sheriff's office. When asked to leave the vehicle, authorities said Rangel was reported to look dazed as he needed assistance to get out of the vehicle.

After authorities conducted a series of sobriety and drug tests, Rangel admitted that it was not uncommon for him to huff ten or more canister at one time.

Rangel was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for DUI and Hit and Run with Property Damage.