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updated: 4/30/2012 5:19 PM

Palatine teen accused of 'huffing' before causing crash

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  • Karli Casey

    Karli Casey


A 19-year-old Palatine woman who admitted to "huffing" from an aerosol cleaner immediately before passing out behind the wheel and causing multiple injuries in a head-on collision Saturday night appeared in court Monday facing a felony intoxicated driving charge.

Karli Casey, of the 300 block of North Benton Street, is charged with aggravated driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound, improper lane usage and no proof of insurance.

A judge set her bond at $20,000 during a hearing at the Cook County courthouse in Rolling Meadows.

Palatine police Cmdr. Kurt Schroeder said officers were dispatched to a two-car accident at 9:28 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of First Bank Drive and Northwest Highway.

A preliminary investigation determined that Casey was driving her 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer east on Northwest Highway while inhaling the contents of an aerosol keyboard cleaner, Schroeder said.

Casey passed out from the chemicals and crossed over into the westbound lanes, striking a 2006 Honda Accord and causing it to flip on its side, police said.

The Palatine Fire Department transported the Honda's 41-year-old male driver and his 84-year-old female passenger, both from Palatine, to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. The elderly passenger suffered multiple fractures and a ruptured spleen, Cook County prosecutors said.

The female passengers riding in Casey's vehicle, who are 20 and 22 and both from Palatine, were transported to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village. Casey was treated and released from St. Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates.

Casey provided a verbal and written statement admitting to inhaling the intoxicant immediately before the crash, police said.

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