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Longview man found sniffing paint in parking lot

From Staff Reports
April 11, 2013 at 6:28 a.m.


A Longview police officer responded to an unusual scene Wednesday morning when he was dispatched to the 3200 Block of Fourth Street about a man lying in a parking lot inhaling paint from a Sprite bottle, according to police reports.

Dispatch advised that the reporting party had almost run over William Walker, 25, of Longview, according to police reports.

When the officer arrived, he observed Walker sitting on the ground wearing a green flight suit and spraying gold paint into a Sprite bottle, the report said.

The officer reported Walker had gold paint all over his clothes and mouth and appeared to be in a "euphoric state."

The officer also reported Walker could not remember where he lived, how he got to Fourth Street, was slurring his speech and had glossy eyes.

The officer transported Walker to Longview Regional Medical Center for medical clearance at which time Walker told the officer "I'm so high, I could start a paint farm" and "I'm over the limit." When Walker was asked to define what he meant by limit, he said "Over the paint limit," according to police reports.

The officer arrested Walker, charging him with inhaling, ingesting and possession of a volatile chemical with the intent to inhale, ingest, apply or use the chemical in a manner contrary to its labeling to cause intoxication, hallucination or elation, according to the police report.

Williams remains in the Gregg County Jail on $500 bond.

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