Woman sets Tyler police car on fire


POSTED: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 11:20am

UPDATED: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 11:32am

Shortly before 6:00 a.m. Friday, an employee of the Tyler Police Department arrived at work and observed a 2008 Crown Victoria Patrol Car on fire.

The vehicle was parked inside the secure area of the police department in the rear parking lot. Officers who were in briefing were told of the situation and responded to the area where they observed a patrol car fully engulfed in flames. Officers immediately retrieved fire extinguishers from other patrol vehicles and started to put the fire out. Officers also started to move nearby patrol vehicles in the area of the fire to protect them.

In the process of moving a patrol vehicle, an officer observed a white female standing in the corner of the fenced in secured area. It was determined that this female was responsible for setting the fire. The female is identified as 19-year-old Payton Herrington of Lindale.

It was later discovered Herrington stacked material by the Tyler Police Department barbed wire fence,  jumped over with a gas can she purchased this morning, doused the car and lit it on fire.

Herrington was placed under arrest and charged with Arson a second degree felony and Criminal Trespass, a Class B Misdemeanor.

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