SARASOTA -- A Sarasota man has been charged with providing inhalants to a friend who died after huffing the chemicals and also hid evidence of the crime, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
On Sept. 24, deputies were called to the 3700 block of Avenue A after Edwin Lamar Sommers reported that his friend, Anthony Lemley, was unresponsive an in need of emergency medical assistance, according to an arrest report. Lemley was taken to a hospital where he later died.
Responding deputies found a can of Ultra Duster, a produc known to be abused as an intoxicating inhalant, near the victim and were approached by a witness who told them Edwin Sommers took a bag to his truck before EMS arrived," a news release states.
"Sommers had been on the phone with dispatchers who gave him CPR instructions but during the conversation the phone line went silence. Detectives learned Sommers put down the phone to remove three additional cans of Ultra Duster from the home," the release states.
Sommers, 43, was charged with buying or transferring a harmful chemical and tampering with evidence. He was released after posting bonds totaling $1,620.