CRAFTSBURY, VT – An Albany, Vermont, man arrested for domestic assault also faces arson charges after police say he allegedly started a fire in the backseat of a cruiser while in handcuffs.
Donald Billow, 42, had just been put into a police cruiser after his arrest for allegedly threatening a former partner with a gun, Vermont State Police said. While troopers continued investigating at the scene, smoke started coming from the back seat of the vehicle.
Troopers opened the rear door and saw an open flame on the seat next to Billow, who was removed from the car while the fire was put out. Billow was taken to North Country Hospital in Newport and treated for smoke inhalation.
Troopers later reviewed in-car camera footage and saw that Billow, while handcuffed, intentionally started the fire with a lighter.
Billow was held at Northern State Correctional Facility without bail pending a Tuesday afternoon court appearance.