Judge refuses to toss charges in crash that killed 3 scouts, woman

Colten Treu, accused of killing three Girl Scouts, a parent and critically injuring a fourth girl in a hit-and-run

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP/WQOW) - A judge has declined to dismiss charges alleging that a man accused of killing three Wisconsin Girl Scouts and a mother in a hit-and-run was high on fumes from an aerosol can at the time.

Colten Treu appeared in Chippewa County court on Friday for a preliminary hearing. The 22-year-old is accused of huffing from an aerosol canister before crashing his pickup truck into members of Girl Scout Troop 3055 in November as they picked up litter along a highway in Lake Hallie.

Treu's attorney said there was no evidence that Treu had been huffing, citing a blood sample that failed to detect any chemicals, and four witnesses on the stand Friday said Treu didn't appear to be under the influence when he was questioned.

Prosecutors countered that Treu left the scene so a blood draw wasn't taken until that evening, and Treu and his passenger both admitted to huffing before the crash.

A detective testified that Treu's smartphone was used after the crash to search online for "air duster and how long it stays in your system."

Four of the 11 counts involve the huffing allegation. Judge James Isaacson set Treu's arraignment for May 24.

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