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Louisville man accused of trying to light police officer's car on fire

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Dylan Smither (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Dylan Smither (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they arrested a drunk Louisville man early Sunday morning after he tried to light a police officer's marked vehicle on fire.

It happened on Vine Street, near E. Breckinridge Street, at 3 a.m.

Police say an officer had been on the scene of a non-injury accident near that location, and was walking back to his police car, when he saw 26-year-old Dylan Smither trying to light a rolled up cardboard bottle holder with a lighter. According to the arrest report, the cardboard had been stuffed into the officer's gas tank.

Police say the officer ran toward Smither and forced him to the ground, as other officers ran to help. Smither allegedly resisted the officers as they handcuffed him.

His breath smelled like alcohol, he had bloodshot eyes, and was unable to stand without assistance, according to the arrest report.

"While the suspect was trying to light the officer's vehicle on fire, there was a large crowd of people that were at the bar located on the corner of Vine Street and Breckinridge Street, and his actions caused alarm to the crowd of people," the arrest report states.

Smither was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication, attempted arson, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

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