Hannibal man arrested for alledgedly 'huffing,' resisting arrest

Austin A. Hatton
Posted: Nov. 26, 2012 4:53 pm Updated: Dec. 10, 2012 5:15 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A 20-year-old Hannibal man was arrested Sunday afternoon after authorities received reports of a man walking in and out of traffic near the intersection of U.S. 61 and Stardust Drive.

The Hannibal Police Department reported that when an officer arrived at the scene, Austin A. Hatton was staggering into oncoming traffic. Believing he was a danger to himself, the officer attempted to get Hatton out of the road.

Hatton alledgedly became combative and attempted to get away from the officer and walk into traffic. During the altercation, both Hatton and the officer fell to the ground, before the officer placed Hatton under arrest.

The Police Department reports that during a search of Hatton, the officer found two cans of electronic aerosol spray, which can be used to induce a high by "huffing" the product.

Both Hatton and the officer sustained minor injuries during the altercation. The officer was treated and released from Hannibal Regional Hospital. Hatton refused treatment.

Hatton was charged with resisting/interfering arrest and possession of a mind altering substance. He was placed on a 24-hour hold in the Marion County Jail.