Charges are likely pending against a local man who allegedly burned up a car, then wrecked a pickup truck while fleeing the fire early Sunday.
A car fire was the original call that brought Orange Township firefighters to 2545 E 600 N at about 4 a.m., and they arrived to find a vehicle engulfed in flames. However, police were advised not long after the first call that the unidentified male who was behind the wheels of that car had taken off, heading west at a high rate of speed.
After questioning witnesses and piecing together the story, police believe the suspect, for an unknown reason, deliberately drove the car into a bonfire, resulting in the vehicle's destruction, then drove a 2000 Dodge pickup truck into a tree while trying to get away. He was last seen speeding away in a third vehicle, after heavily damaging the front of the pickup.
The suspect, reportedly a 19 year old male who lives in the area, could face charges including Criminal Mischief and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Meanwhile, two juveniles who stayed behind were charged with Minor Consuming Alcohol, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department.