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Louisville man accused of huffing carburetor cleaner

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Bruce D. Ritter (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Bruce D. Ritter (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Carburetor cleaner: police say that was the volatile substance of choice for one Louisville man Monday morning.

According to an arrest report, police were called to an apartment on S. 4th St., near Winkler Avenue, shortly before 10 a.m. Monday after officers received a report of domestic violence at that location.

When police arrived, they knocked on the door, but received no response, according to the arrest report.

That's when, police say, they noticed a "strong noxious smell" coming from the apartment. The landlord then, "without prompting by police," opened the door to check on the tenants.

"When the landlord opened the door, the noxious smell was almost overwhelming," police say.

Inside the apartment, police allegedly saw 53-year-old Bruce D. Ritter, Jr. lying on his bed, spraying carburetor cleaner onto a wadded-up bed sheet and inhaling it. Police say he appeared "very intoxicated," was "very argumentative" and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

Ritter declined medical treatment and was arrested at the scene because, according to police, he "was a serious danger to himself, if not arrested."

He was charged with volatile substance abuse, according to the arrest report.

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