Springfield Doctor Caught Huffing Inhalants in Hotel Room

A Springfield doctor was busted on Wednesday for allegedly self-medicating in a hotel room, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Police reportedly caught Dr. Frederick J. Wunker “huffing” inhalants in a room of the Mile North Hotel. He’s been charged with a misdemeanor for the incident.

A hotel employee called the police after reportedly witnessing Wunker huffing canisters at the hotel. Police found a number of canisters of compressed air in Wunker’s room. According to the police report, the doctor left his room in such “disarray” that it had to be cleaned after the incident.

Wunker was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for a checkup then to the station. He was charged with ingesting intoxication compounds, according to police.

Under Illinois law, it’s illegal to inhale any chemical compound for the purpose of inducing giddiness, intoxication, or “stupefaction.” Doing so is a misdemeanor in the state.

This isn’t Wunker’s first brush with the law. Back in 2011, he crashed his Mercedes into a fence in Springfield, according to The State Journal-Register. When police visited Wunker at his house they noticed four cans of compressed air on his couch, one of which had just been used.

When asked about it, he admitted to police that he’d been huffing while driving. He was arrested for DUI.

Wunker graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and received his medical license in 1991. His license was suspended in September after Wunker failed to submit to a mental and physical examination that was ordered by the Medical Disciplinary Board, according to the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

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