Only on 5: Accused "huffer" claims it's for pain

Chris Stuber
Chris Stuber

(WMC-TV) - A Cordova man said Wednesday he inhales nitrous oxide to kill pain after police said they caught him with a car-load.

Forty-eight-year-old Chris Stuber had just bonded out of jail Wednesday before he spoke with Action News 5 in the same driveway where he was arrested 24 hours earlier.

"I'm awfully embarrassed," said Stuber.  "I apologize to my neighbors and especially my girlfriend."

Stuber was charged Tuesday evening with unlawfully inhaling nitrous oxide, or laughing gas.

Officers said they found around 1,000 small cartridges inside Stuber's car after observing him huffing from a whipped cream dispenser.  That is why nitrous oxide is commonly used.

"It's something I choose because I don't drink, don't engage in other drug use," said Stuber.

Stuber said he suspects one of his neighbors called police, but he insists he was never a danger to anyone else.  That is despite the fact that he was also charged with DUI.

"I was in this car, wasn't going anywhere, in this driveway," said Stuber.

While readily available in many stores and online, Tennessee law prohibits anyone from using glue, paint, laughing gas, or any similar substance to get high.

Stuber said he started huffing to ease the pain of a workplace injury when prescription drugs no longer did the trick.

"If it's doing any harm, it's only to myself," said Stuber.

This was not the first time Stuber has been arrested for illegal possession of inhalants.

According to arrest records, Stuber was caught with his keys in the ignition and the car running.

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