Lake County man gets more than 20 years in prison for intentionally crashing into gas pumps, causing a fire

Lake County man gets more than 20 years in prison for intentionally crashing into gas pumps, causing a fire

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (WOIO) - The driver convicted of deliberately crashing his SUV into several cars and gas pumps was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years and a maximum of 27 years in prison.

Lake County Court of Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci sentenced Michael Craig, 60, on Monday.

A jury convicted Craig on Dec. 18, 2020 of multiple charges; including, aggravated arson, felonious assault, vandalism, inducing panic, aggravated menacing and resisting arrest.

On Feb. 29, 2020, Craig was in the GetGo parking lot on 1251 Mentor Avenue in Painesville Township when he sped up and rammed into a gas pump.

The impact dislodged the gas pump and Craig then pushed it across the parking lot into a Ford pick-up truck which was fueling up at another pump.

The Ford burst into flames, but two adults and a child inside the truck managed to escape safely.

Painesville GetGo camera captures SUV driving gas pump into truck that burst into flames

Craig then drove out of the gas station parking lot and hit another car on Mentor Avenue.

He then kept driving, before slamming into a fence and catching his own vehicle on fire.

Michael Craig (Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Craig (Lake County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Lake County Sheriff's Office)

Craig pointed what appeared to be a gun at Lake County Sheriff deputies before being taken into custody after a brief standoff.

The weapon turned out to be pliers.

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