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"Huffing" incident leads to charges

A 19-year-old Hastings man, Daniil Mikaylovich Usachev, has been charged with four counts of criminal vehicular operation (felonies) and one count of fourth-degree driving while impaired (DWI) in connection with a Aug. 4 single-vehicle crash in Hastings. At the time, police allege he was under the influence due to "huffing," a practice of sniffing chemicals to get high. One of the passengers in the Usachev vehicle told police Usachev was huffing while driving, a charge Usachev denies.

Usachev apparently lost control of the vehicle, left the road and struck a tree. The passengers suffered serious injuries.