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Walnut Hill Man Calls Sheriff’s Department Wanting to Be Arrested, Sets Truck on Fire

December 1, 2016

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department has now arrested a 30-year-old rural Walnut Hill man for arson and reckless conduct after he allegedly set his pickup truck on fire in the driveway of his home Tuesday night.

Sheriff’s deputies say Jonathan Downs of Phelps Road had called 9-1-1 to tell the operator he had a warrant out for his arrest and wanted to be picked up. He also shared his current mental state was being effected by being under the influence of a combination of methamphetamine, medication and alcohol.

When deputies approached the home, they found fire had engulfed the truck that was parked outside the residence. A family member explained that Downs had set the fire and gone back in the home. He was taken into custody on the outstanding attachment for contempt that had been issued in a 2013 small claims case.

Following further investigation, Downs is now being held on the arson and reckless conduct charges pending the filing of formal charges by the State’s Attorney’s office.

Deputies say there was some concern the fire was so hot it might spread to the garage 20 feet away. However, Kell Firemen were able to extinguish the blaze before it could spread beyond the truck, which was destroyed.

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