Police: Rock Hill man lit fire behind pizzeria, huffed from paint can

04/24/2014 5:02 PM

04/25/2014 6:44 AM

A Rock Hill man was arrested on Wednesday night when police caught him huffing a paint can behind a pizza restaurant, according to a report.

Michael Edward Thompson, 41, was charged with open burning and inhaling aromatic hydrocarbons.

Rock Hill Police noticed a fire in the woods behind the Empire Pizza and Bar on Old York Road and found Thompson with a plastic Walmart bag to his face and a paint can near his knees. The restaurant is located near a Walmart store in the same shopping complex.

Huffing is the illegal inhalation of common household chemicals to get high.

According to the report, fresh black paint was visible around Thompson’s nose.

Police instructed Thompson to put out the fire and then arrested him.

State Law Enforcement Division records show that Thompson's expansive criminal history includes several inhaling aromatic hydrocarbons charges spanning back to 1991.

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