Pants on fire, Athens man now suspect

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 7:24 AM
Last updated 8:37 PM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- A man whose pants were on fire as he ran from a blazing car in east Athens is suspected of intentionally torching the car.

The 19-year-old suspect was seen Wednesday carrying a flaming gas can, which he dropped in the street before rolling around on some grass to put out the fire on his pants leg, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

His actions were witnessed by two police officers on patrol in the 100 block of Cone Drive at about 11:20 p.m. when they saw a car fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters and an ambulance crew were called to the scene to extinguish the car fire and treat the man’s burns, police said. He was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center for additional treatment.

The suspect reportedly told officers he was driving past when he saw the car on fire and got out to see if anyone was inside.

An officer noted in a police incident report that the man’s car was running with the driver’s side door open at the time.

Police had the man’s car towed so that it could be searched for evidence in an arson investigation.

“I would say he’s definitely a suspect,” said Sgt. Rick Hammond.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/28/14 - 10:08 am
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Bet he lied too.

(giggle)

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/28/14 - 10:23 am
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And spectators were shouting,

"Liar, liar!" -- well, you know the rest.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/28/14 - 11:00 am
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Really?

The Red Thumb Troll strikes again, even at comments that are simply humorous takes on a headline.

Somebody really does need to get a life instead of sitting around nursing their bitterness.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 02/28/14 - 11:43 am
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@Fiat_Lux

One theory I have is that there are "Comment Bigots" that will thumb down specific posters regardless of what they say. If you ever had the nerve to disagree with their point of view, they feel compelled to give you the big red thumb every time you post a comment. You can almost tell which ones they are! ;-)

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/28/14 - 01:46 pm
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yep

That's likely true, and I know whom you mean.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/28/14 - 03:55 pm
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I get Red Thumbs down all the time

And I love it!
That tells me I am honking someone off and making them think.
Disturbing their preconceived notions.
I think mostly they are Obama voters who have nothing better to do than sit around and tear other people down while they are waiting for their checks to come in the mail.
I like being a gadfly.
Have at me!
And, by the way, Red Thumb trolls, did you know the Chronicle awards us DOUBLE POINTS for each thumbs down?
It's true.
Or is it?
Hmmmm, now you will have to wonder every time you give us a thumbs down! Perhaps your snide thumbs down are adding to our points and enhancing our reputations!!
Cackle!

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