A Norwalk man was arrested after a juvenile saw him fall down after reportedly huffing an air duster Sunday.
Police say this is the second such incident in five days for the former Collins resident who earlier was convicted of helping beat a dog to death and driving under the influence.
The Norwalk Police Department received a report at 4:09 p.m. Sunday of a male suspect allegedly abusing a "duster" in the field between Grand and Glover avenues.
Officer Zach O'Neil identified the suspect as Kane M. Ortman, 21, most recently of 15 W. Washington St., and arrested him on a Norwalk Municipal Court warrant. Ortman was charged with abusing harmful intoxicants, a fifth-degree felony punishable by six to 12 months behind bars, in connection with previous incident.
The officer forwarded his report to the Norwalk Law Director's Office for the filing of additional charges.
About Sunday's incident, Capt. Mike Conney said a juvenile saw Ortman breathing in an air duster and then fall. He said the juvenile approached the suspect, asked Ortman if he was OK and the suspect fled the scene.
Ortman was arrested later at a Grand Avenue apartment and transported to the Huron County Jail.
Conney said the only other person in Norwalk who has been abusing harmful intoxicants is a female suspect.
"Between the two of them, it's pretty bad," Conney added.
The police captain said it's possible for people to die instantaneously from huffing, adding it could happen the first or fourth times.
"It just depends," Conney said. "Any time I've seen someone (who has huffed), they're totally out of it or disoriented.
"You must have a pretty serious death wish to even try that," he added.
Ortman's warrant was in connection with an incident about 5 a.m. Wednesday. Police said someone saw the disoriented man appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs while walking on West Willard Avenue.
Capt. Eric Hipp and Sgt. Seth Fry responded to the 9-1-1 call, followed by another in which the caller said Ortman was lying on the ground and unresponsive. By the time officers arrived, they said the suspect was walking down the street carrying an aerosol can.
Conney said the officers had to wrestle Ortman to the ground when "there was some physical resistance on his part."
North Central EMS and Norwalk firefighters provided basic life support and transported Ortman to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He later was charged with abusing harmful intoxicants, obstruction of official business and resisting arrest.
These two incidents aren't Ortman's only drug-related run-ins with local authorities.
During a July 1, 2012 injury crash on Jericho Road, the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post determined Ortman's blood was positive for marijuana usage. The patrol reported he tested at 10.32 ng/ml. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is 5 ng/ml.
Ortman was sentenced to a 30-day jail term for DUI. As part of his two years of probation, he had his driver's license suspended for six months starting July 9, 2012, according to court records.
He also was charged with failure to control after his vehicle hit a tree and caught fire. Citizens Ambulance transported Ortman and his passenger, Michael A. Price, who was 17 at the time, to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with minor injuries.
In September 2011, Ortman and Aaron M. Friel, now 20, each received a six-month jail term for animal cruelty convictions for an incident the previous month. Prosecutors have said the pair dug a hole at the Collins residence where Ortman was living, tied a 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever to a nearby fence post and beat him to death with a shovel.