Woman Gets 5 Years in Huffing DUI Case

Karli Casey reportedly passed out and struck another car while driving under the influence of a cocktail of drugs. The crash injured two other people.  Casey pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving under the influence of intoxicating compounds. On Wednesday, she was sentenced to five years in prison for the incident, the Chicago Tribune reports.

On April 28, 20-year-old Casey allegedly inhaled the fumes from a can of “Dust Off” while driving on Northwest Highway near First Bank Drive, according to authorities. She reportedly passed out and hit another vehicle, injuring two others. A blood test later indicated that Casey also had codeine, heroin, and cocaine in her system at the time of the accident. She was charged with aggravated driving under the influence.

In Illinois, any DUI resulting in serious bodily injury or death is classified as an aggravated DUI. Unlike a standard DUI offense, aggravated DUI is a felony. If people were injured, rather than killed, as a result of the DUI, it’s a Class 4 felony carrying a prison term of up to 12 years. Casey got off relatively easy with a 5-year prison sentence. She’ll be required to serve at least 85 percent of that sentence, minus the 257 days she’s already spent in jail, according to the Tribune.

“I want to apologize to the families of the victims,” Casey told the court, according to the Tribune. “I’m sorry.”  The incident calls to mind another highly publicized “huffing” incident. In that case, 18-year-old Carly Rousso allegedly hit a mother and her children in Highland Park after huffing a cleaning product. A 5-year-old girl was killed in the accident.

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