Township puts chief charged with ‘huffing’ back on duty

DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania police chief is back on the job while he faces criminal charges of “huffing” a can of compressed air on duty.

Forty-one-year-old Mahoning Township Chief Chad Thomas is facing two misdemeanor counts for allegedly breathing in a product used to clean keyboards and computer equipment.

The township’s board of supervisors voted this week to reinstate Thomas while the case proceeds. The (Bloomsburg) Press Enterprise (http://bit.ly/22CKtGI ) reports that about 40 residents pleaded with supervisors on Thursday to reconsider their decision. The supervisors refused to say why they put Thomas back on duty.

The state Attorney General’s Office is pursuing the charges. The office says that other officers saw him inhale the product in May and watched as his eyes fluttered and he became unresponsive.

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