Dumb Move: Akron Man Puts Lit Cig Into Police Cruiser Gas Tank

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AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A hot headed man caused a potentially explosive situation in Akron.

While officers were assisting other officers with a large crowd on Weathervane Lane, Eric S. Wixcey was observed putting a lit cigarette into the gas tank of a cruiser.

The 22-year-old then fled the scene and was apprehended after a short foot chase.

Wixcey was slapped with arson charges.

19 Action News spoke with Wixcey's mother about the charges Friday and she replied "no comment" but others in town had plenty to say.

Akron resident Jud Fisher says "what we need in this country now is more discipline...teach these people right from wrong."

Others like Karen Taylor don't think it was that bad of an offense and tells 19 Action News "It was a stupid mistake. I hope he doesn't get into too much trouble but thankful that no one was hurt."

Luckily, no one was hurt.

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