Suspect in laundromat wreck charged with inhaling aromatics

RAW VIDEO: Truck plows into Mt. Pleasant laundromat

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A 23-year-old man who drove his car into a Mt. Pleasant laundromat Tuesday morning has been charged with inhaling aromatic hydrocarbons, among a slew of other charges, according to police.

Authorities say Caleb Sawchuk was arrested and charged with inhaling aromatic hydrocarbons, reckless driving, malicious injury to town property, and possession of a controlled substance.

Police say Sawchuk drove his vehicle into Village Cleaners on Highway 17 North, crashing through the front of the business around 8:30 a.m.

Officials say he was heading south on Highway 17 when he crossed over the northbound lanes, entered the parking lot, and hit an unoccupied vehicle before crashing into the laundromat.

When responding police officers asked Sawchuk if he had consumed any alcohol Tuesday morning, Sawchuk said no, but stated he drank a beer Monday night.

According to police, Sawchuk could not recall how the collision occurred. Sawchuk said that he remembered driving, then being woken up by someone after the crash occurred.

An officer said he saw in plain view a can labeled "dust off" in the rear driver's side floor board. A police report states that the nozzle of the can was wet like it had been inside of Sawchuk's mouth.

Police then conducted a field sobriety test on Sawchuk, and reported no impairments.

When officers asked about the can, investigators say Sawchuk admitted that he had been inhaling the substance from the can which caused him to pass out and crash into the building.

Police say they found a brown glass container containing a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.

According to the owner of the laundromat, eight people were inside the store at the time of the incident, but were all able to get out okay.

Photos from the scene show trees and debris leading up to the building, and severe damage to the storefront.

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