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Norwalk woman's car gets stuck on railroad tracks

Sandusky Register Staff • Oct 22, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies found a 42-year-old Norwalk woman behind the wheel of her 2002 yellow Chevy Cavalier, stuck on the railroad tracks at Jeffries Road.

A passerby at 8:34 p.m. Tuesday noticed Cheryl L. Leon sitting in her vehicle on the tracks. Leon told the man her car was stuck but asked that he not call law enforcement.

The deputies were called, however, and they immediately notified Norfolk & Southern Railroad to stop all train traffic. When deputies arrived they found Leon still in her car, engine running. She told officers she did not know how she became stuck. When asked if she had been drinking she told deputies no, but admitted she had inhaled  — or huffed — the chemical vapors from a can of dust remover.

The driver’s side door was stuck on the tracks and could not be opened, so deputies helped Leon out of the passenger side of her car.

Kasper’s Towing  removed the Cavalier from the tracks so trains could run again.

Leon was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and abuse of harmful intoxicants.

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