BPD: Hit and Run Suspect Found Huffing Aerosol Can in Car

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Police say the suspect in a Bryan hit and run was huffing an aerosol can in his vehicle when confronted by authorities.

According to BPD, Franklin Joseph Parker of Bryan is believed to have jumped a curb and crashed his car into an electrical pole's guide wires in the 2300 block of Carter Creek Thursday morning. A neighbor told police he approached Parker and told him to go talk to the home's resident. Instead, Parker, 36, reportedly got in is car and fled.

After Parker circled back to and past the property, he stopped at Carter Creek and Villa Maria, according to the neighbor, who says he caught up to Parker and told him he needed to go back and take responsibility for what he did. After nodding, Parker reportedly sped off, and the neighbor called police.

Authorities then got a report of a reckless driver near Wayside and Woodland. Officers say they found Parker slumped over in the driver's seat. When they approached, they say they heard a release of air and saw Parker trying to take in as much air as he could from what was later identified as an aerosol can.

BPD reports Parker had a blank stare and didn't appear to know what was happening as he was removed from his vehicle. As he was being handcuffed face down on the grass, he reportedly briefly tried to resist, but was subdued. In a five minutes span, according to the police report, Parker "went from completely passed out inside a running vehicle to disoriented and combative, to apologetic, coherent and very well spoken."

Parker was booked into the Brazos County jail at 12:40 p.m. Thursday afternoon on a DWI charge. He was out of jail one hour later on $2,000 bond.