AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police said they found numerous nitrous oxide canisters in a man’s car that crashed into a North Austin utility pole Saturday, knocking out power to 800 people, according to an arrest warrant.
Colton Trefflich, 21, slammed a 2014 Chevrolet Avalanche truck into a power pole on the southbound service road of MoPac Expressway near the intersection of Parmer Lane. According to police when they arrived, Trefflich had exited the truck through the windshield, and investigators found more than a dozen “Whip It” canisters inside the vehicle.
A witness told police he saw the pickup heading eastbound on Parmer Lane when the driver lost control.
The witness saw “the vehicle strike the curb. This sent [the] vehicle airborne into two guide wires holding up an electrical pole. When the pickup hit the guide wires, it fell to the ground and rolled down the embankment,” according to the affidavit.
Police said Trefflich had issues recalling where he was going. The affidavit states EMS at the scene said he “was very puzzled about his mental state and stated that it did not follow any commonly found symptoms.”
At the hospital, police asked Trefflich if he was a baker or enjoyed cooking, in an attempt to find out why he had the nitrous oxide canisters in his truck. Trefflich told police he did a “bunch of whip-its” the night before, the affidavit states.
According to the arrest warrant Trefflich has been charged with inhalant abuse, a class-B misdemeanor.