W.Va. Man Famed For Huffing Mugshot Is Sober Again

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wheeling, W.Va. (AP) -- Patrick Tribett catapulted to international fame in the summer of 2005, when his police mug shot -- showing the lower half of his face covered in gold spray paint -- circulated on the internet.

Though he was ridiculed then, Tribett isn't being made fun of today.

The 45-year-old McMechen native is sober again.

He works out five days a week and on Thanksgiving ran the 2009 5k Turkey Trot Run or walk at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Tribett says he began huffing inhalants when he was 16 or 17 years old.

Over the years, his drug and alcohol use expanded to include marijuana and pills.

Tribett's attorney, H. John Rogers, attributes his client's newfound sobriety to the Marshall County drug court program.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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