MCSO arrests suspect in crash and burn

Eric Maxwell

Eric Maxwell

KINGMAN - Mohave County Sheriff's deputies believe they have caught a suspect who allegedly crashed and then burned a vehicle Tuesday morning.

Deputies arrested Eric James Maxwell, 32, of Kingman Wednesday morning on suspicion of felony theft of means of transportation, theft, arson of property, criminal damage and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At 2:24 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies responded to a report of a light colored, four-door sedan backing up and ramming into the side of a house at a high rate of speed in the 4700 block of North Benton Street.

The owner of the home was in a bedroom, three feet away from where the car impacted the house.

That same morning, at 8 a.m., deputies responded to the 5000 block of Camelback Place regarding an abandoned vehicle. A man told deputies that his wife observed an abandoned, smoldering vehicle on a trail up the mountain during her morning walk.

Deputies responded to the location, approximately half a mile beyond Camelback Boulevard where the paved road turns to dirt, and located a burned four-door sedan. A computer check on the vehicle identification number showed the vehicle registered to a Kingman resident. Deputies contacted the vehicle owner, a 33-year-old man. The owner said he left his vehicle and the keys at a friend's house Monday night because it was having mechanical problems. No one was to use the vehicle.

The vehicle owner heard that Maxwell rammed a house with his vehicle and he knew Maxwell was staying at his friend's house. Deputies confirmed that Maxwell took the keys out of the friend's purse.

Deputies then contacted the owner of the home rammed on Benton Street, a 54-year old man. The homeowner had told deputies earlier that he thought Maxwell might have caused the damage because he had destroyed some of the homeowner's property in the past. The homeowner confirmed the burned vehicle was the same vehicle that struck his house.

At 6:32 a.m., on Wednesday, deputies located Maxwell hiding in a field near a residence in the 100 block of Aztec Road in Golden Valley and took him into custody. A search of Maxwell revealed a glass pipe with residue. He was booked into the Mohave County Jail.

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