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Mason City man charged three days in a row for huffing, OWI fights with same cop twice
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Mason City man charged three days in a row for huffing, OWI fights with same cop twice


MASON CITY | A Mason City man is in jail after being charged three days in a row for huffing, operating while intoxicated and fighting with same police officer twice over the weekend.  

Robert Michael McFarland, 38, was first charged with misdemeanor inhalation of toxic vapors about 12:30 p.m. Friday when he was observed by Mason City Police officers taking several "hits" or "huffs" from a can of compressed air duster, court documents said.

McFarland was allegedly huffing while sitting in his car, a blue 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot.

About 4:48 p.m. Saturday, McFarland is accused of inhaling air duster in the public bathroom at Target.

According to charging documents, McFarland was also charged with interference with official acts for not listening to Mason City Police Sgt. Steve Klemas. Police say he was locked in a bathroom stall and would not come out. 

When McFarland did leave the stall, court documents say he resisted by not complying with instructions to place his hands behind his back when Klemas attempted to detain him. 

After a short struggle, Klemas detained McFarland, who was in possession of two cans of air duster, according to court documents. 

He was charged and brought to jail Sunday for operating while under the influence — second offense — and interference with official acts.

About 3:40 p.m. Sunday, Mason City police and the Iowa State Patrol were called to the Walmart parking lot where McFarland was allegedly inhaling aerosol cans.

McFarland left the area and was discovered passed out in his vehicle in a snowbank in the Gracious Estates parking lot, according to police. He also allegedly hit a parked vehicle in the mobile home park. 

McFarland's car was running and in drive when law enforcement arrived, according to charging documents. 

McFarland then began fighting with Klemas and continued to resist arrest, court documents say. 

Klemas and the trooper performed several tests and determined McFarland appeared to be impaired on an aerosol inhalant.

McFarland is being held in Cerro Gordo County Jail on $2,000 bond. No court dates have been set. 

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.



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