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Plainfield sex offender inhaled aerosal spray, smashed into car at Walmart: records

Timothy Carpenter
Timothy Carpenter

A convicted sex offender who was intoxicated from inhaling aerosol spray smashed his van into an unoccupied sedan in the parking lot of the Walmart on Route 59, according to police and court records.

About 4 p.m. Wednesday, officers went to the 1401 Route 59 Walmart in response to a report of a vehicle crash, according to a Joliet police news release.

The officers arrived at the parking lot and determined a burgundy Dodge van had crashed into a silver sedan, police said.

The officers made contact with Timothy Carpenter, 37, of the 23500 block of West Anderson Street in Plainfield, who was the driver of the van, police said. Carpenter was intoxicated and actively inhaling aerosol spray from a canister, police said.

The sedan sustained damage to its passenger side, according to police. Carpenter was the only occupant in the Dodge, police said.

The officers placed Carpenter into custody without issue, police said.

Carpenter was charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and reckless driving, court records show.

Carpenter had a pre-existing injury to his left temple before the officers arrived at the scene, according to police.

Police said it was unknown where Carpenter purchased the aerosol spray and how he suffered the injury to his head.

After Carpenter’s arrest, he was released on his own recognizance.

On Jan. 23, 2014, a DuPage County judge found Carpenter guilty of possession of child pornography, court records show.

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