The Sioux Falls man who crashed his car into a hotel yesterday made his first court appearance on Tuesday.
21-year-old Andrew Severson was arrested Monday on DWI 2nd offense. Severson did extensive damage to the Ramada Inn on West 12th Street. Luckily, no one was seriously hurt, but now police are trying to determine if Severson had been huffing while behind the wheel, something they've seen more than once.
Severson may face charges of driving while intoxicated, but there's reason to believe he wasn't drinking.
Witnesses say Severson was heading east on West 12th Street around 4:30 Monday afternoon when the car he was driving veered off the road, went through a convenience store parking lot and sideswiped the Ramada Inn.
Police found several prescription pill bottles in his vehicle, along with two cans of dust off, which is something police say is used to huff and get high.
"It's common enough. It's nothing new to this area; we've seen it for years," Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said.
That's why police aren't eliminating the possibility Severson might have been huffing.
"Once he was arrested, they got a blood sample from him so hopefully the blood will be able to tell if it was the prescriptions or if it was the dust off," Clemens said.
But police say if Severson was huffing, it could be tough to trace.
"The chemical that creates the high in dust off doesn't stay in one's system very long. There's a chance there might not be anything that comes back on that; it depends on when it was ingested and how long it takes to dissipate from when the blood was taken," Clemens said.
Police estimate the crash caused about $20,000 damage to the hotel.