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Grand Forks man accused of puncturing stepfather's arm with drill

Christopher Storey

GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks man is accused of huffing butane and puncturing his stepfather's arm with the bit end of a portable Craftsman drill Tuesday.

Bail was set at $2,000 for 19-year-old Christopher Storey during his initial appearance Wednesday in state District Court on charges of inhaling vapors and aggravated assault.

Police were dispatched to the 2400 block of Estabrook Drive around 6:15 p.m. on a call for medical assistance and a possible physical domestic dispute, according to an officer's affidavit of probable cause.

The officer found Storey standing at the front door with a bloody nose and a swollen eye, authorities said. Storey told the officer he had been huffing using a butane container. Storey's 37-year-old stepdad told police he found Storey face down at a computer desk.

The affidavit says Storey became violent during an argument over the phone with his mother. He threw the phone at his stepdad and, with the drill, struck him on the inside of the left arm, the affidavit states.

Police found the drill on the living room floor and seized it as evidence, authorities said. A police department report says there was "possible blood" on the drill bit. Police also placed into evidence a butane container and photos of Storey's injuries and those of his stepdad, according to the report.

Prosecutor Chris Griffin said there's no indication from police that the drill was running when Storey's stepdad was struck with it. Storey's stepdad was not seriously injured and was not charged in the incident, Griffin said.

About a year ago, Griffin said, he saw a string of three huffing cases.

"I haven't seen a case probably since then, so they are somewhat unusual," he said.

A message left for Storey at the Grand Forks County jail was not returned Wednesday.

Storey, who was in custody as of Wednesday evening, has a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 11.