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Police say man lit toilet on fire for "religious reasons"

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James Crittenden (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) James Crittenden (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say they stopped a man at a Louisville Speedway gas station after he lit a toilet on fire for what he said was, "religious reasons."

It happened on Saturday, just after 10 a.m. at the Speedway near the corner of Brownsboro Road and N. Jane St. Police say 36-year-old James Crittenden walked into the Speedway to use the restroom, and subsequently lit the toilet seat on fire.

When store employees confronted him about the fire, he allegedly told them he set it for, "religious reasons."

Police were eventually called to the scene. They found him at a nearby Kroger with a lighter, according to an arrest report, where he was screaming and "causing alarm" to the public.

Police say he threatened the officers as he was being arrested, and that he had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol.

He was charged with arson, alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct and terroristic threatening.

It's not the first time Crittenden has been in the news. Late last month, police say he was caught huffing Reddi-wip at a Louisville store.

It happened at a Value Market on Bardstown Road, near Baxter Avenue. Shortly after 5 p.m. on July 25, police were called to the store after someone claimed there was a man "huffing" cans of "Reddi-wip" cream.

Police say they found 36-year-old James H. Crittenden inside the store. Officers say he was "intoxicated on nitrous oxide" from huffing the Reddi-wip, and had "extremely slurred speech." He was, "causing alarm and annoyance to patrons of the Value Market, since he was doing this in the aisles of the store," according to the arrest report.

Police say he opened 10 cans -- $26.90 worth of merchandise. Crittenden allegedly offered to pay for them, but police say he only had $7 in his pocket.

According to the arrest report, Crittenden, "stated he was huffing the cans in an attempt to wake up, and stated that the U.S. Constitution allows him the authority to huff Reddi-wip." 

Police, who apparently did not share his view of the U.S. Constitution, arrested Crittenden at the scene and charged him with theft, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing.

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