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Duluth woman charged with driving while huffing is jailed

The Duluth woman who drove into the side of a West Duluth bakery, allegedly while she was huffing, was charged with three misdemeanors Thursday. Kali Dawn Moen, 29, was charged with one count each of driving while under the influence of a hazardo...

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The driver, a 29-year-old Duluth woman, appeared to be disoriented. Police said in a news release that their initial investigation and witness statements indicated that the woman became impaired "by inhaling the compressed air of an air-duster product" while driving. (John Thain / Fox 21 News)

The Duluth woman who drove into the side of a West Duluth bakery, allegedly while she was huffing, was charged with three misdemeanors Thursday.

Kali Dawn Moen, 29, was charged with one count each of driving while under the influence of a hazardous substance, reckless driving and toxic substance abuse.

Judge Shaun R. Floerke scheduled a July 20 hearing on the matter and set bail at $6,000. But he ordered Moen held until after a July 10 probation violation hearing. Moen is accused of violating probation on a 2007 case by using drugs.

A girl who was a passenger Wednesday in Moen's Dodge Intrepid told investigators that Moen had been huffing Maxell Blastaway, a multipurpose cleaner, before the accident, according to the criminal complaint in the case. The girl said Moen was losing consciousness and coordination before driving. After depleting two cans of Blastaway and partly depleting a third can, Moen decided to drive to a store to get more Blastaway.

"The defendant continued to inhale from the Blastaway can while driving and [the witness] had to at least twice grab the wheel to keep the vehicle on the roadway," the complaint said.

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One witness reported that he saw Moen's passenger steering the vehicle and that "the driver appeared to be passed out," the criminal complaint said.

Shortly before 3 p.m., Moen's car hit a Ford Taurus driven by a 16-year-old Duluth girl and veered into the Sara Lee bakery and discount bread store at 4002 Grand Ave.

None of the three people in the two cars and no pedestrians were injured, police said.

Police arrested Moen after observing her with watery and glassy eyes, constricted pupils and mumbled speech. She failed field sobriety tests. Officers also found a can of Blastaway near the driver's seat in Moen's car.

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