JCSO: Home incarceration detainee flees after  vehicle catches fire

Crews with the W. R. Castle Volunteer Fire Department extinguished this pickup truck after it caught fire on Tobacco Road in Sitka. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the vehicle’s provenance to determine if any charges will be filed in the case.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after a vehicle fire Tuesday on Tobacco Road in Sitka.

“The gentleman driving the truck is actually on home confinement right now, but he’s allowed to be out between the hours of (7 a.m. and 5 p.m.),” said

Deputy Jason Arms. “He said he thought the car might be stolen, so when it caught on fire, he took off running.”

The W. R. Castle Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene to get the vehicle fire extinguished.

Deputy Arms said he was able to locate the driver. After running the license plate and vehicle identification number, authorities have not been able to identify the vehicle as having been stolen, but will be following up with the identified owner.

Arms said no charges have been filed and the driver has been released, but the investigation is ongoing.

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