Mt. Pleasant man sets shirt on fire in jail

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Mar. 23, 2007 - Two Mount Pleasant men went to jail following a report of an attempted burglary in front of the adult probation office shortly after noon Thursday. Both were reported to be intoxicated, one to the point he assaulted a police officer and caught his shirt on fire once at the jail.

Police initially received the call of what appeared to be an attempted burglary around 1 p.m. Thursday in the area of Hinnant and South Davis streets. The pair were detained by Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Kim Simpson. She took the 23-year-old Mount Pleasant man behind the wheel of the car involved in the incident to jail for driving while intoxicated, and the 35-year-old passenger on a violation of probation warrant.

�The passenger, William Kelly Vaughn, was noted by Simpson to be very intoxicated, and became unruly. On the way to jail, he attempted to kick out the window of the patrol car. While being escorted into the jail, Vaughn reportedly struck another officer in the hallway.

He was then placed in a violence cell to calm down before officers could complete book-in paper work and other procedures, which would have included patting him down and having him change into jail clothing.

Vaughn, however, took his shirt off and caught it on fire, requiring jail officials to extinguish it. He was not thought to have sustained injuries from the fire, according to arrest and sheriff's reports.

He remained in the jail Friday morning on the violation of probation warrant as well as a first-degree felony aggravated assault on a public servant charge, according to arrest and jail reports.

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