A Florida man claimed he set fire to his truck to help deputies find something to do
The incident took place in Okaloosa County, Florida. A Florida man set fire to his vehicle to give deputies something to do. Several reports reached the sheriff’s office after the truck burst into flames. Deputies from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene and took the man into custody.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a loud explosion on Mare Creek Road. Sheriff’s deputies quickly arrived at the scene and saw a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado engulfed in flames. At the same time, they identified the owner of the vehicle at the scene.
Sheriff’s deputies spoke with Kevin Murphy, 28, who owns the vehicle. Murphy immediately admitted that he had started the fire. Sheriff’s deputies took him into custody and began searching him. A glass tube used for methamphetamine was found in Murphy’s pocket. They also found a dollar bill with traces of methamphetamine in his wallet.
Interrogated, Murphy told the deputies that he burned his car to find something to do for the sheriff’s office authorities and give him a Christmas present. After the investigations, it was revealed how the Chevrolet Silverado was burned. Murphy had poured gasoline inside and under the truck, creating a trail and setting the vehicle on fire from afar.
Deputies stated that no one was injured in the incident. However, there was minor damage to a vehicle and a building close to the fire. Dorcas Fire Department officials who came to the area immediately extinguished the flames. Murphy is charged with second-degree arson, possession of methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.
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