POLICE BEAT

Dexter man allegedly sets fire to car of ex-girlfriend’s new flame

Posted Feb. 29, 2012, at 6:37 p.m.

DEXTER, Maine — A local man is in jail after setting fire to the car of his ex-girlfriend’s new partner on Tuesday night, police said.

A female resident on Grove Street called police at 11 p.m. Tuesday because her ex-boyfriend, Ernest Carrow, 28, of Dexter, was at her residence while she was with her new boyfriend, said Dexter police Sgt. Kevin Wintle, who is also the interim police chief.

While en route to the address, Officer Danny Gatcomb was called again, this time because a car at the same residence was set ablaze.

Carrow allegedly set fire to the trunk of the new boyfriend’s white Nissan Sentra. The fire was leading to a T-shirt that had been placed inside the gas tank.

“Officer Gatcomb took the T-shirt out of the gas tank and put out the fire,” Wintle said, adding that the car didn’t sustain much damage.

Wintle said a witness saw Carrow running from the scene down a railroad bed.

“He was being very uncooperative and very disorderly. He had been drinking,” Wintle said. “He was being very verbally abusive to Officer Gatcomb while [he was] trying to make the arrest. [He was also verbally abusive] to the new boyfriend.”

In his arrest report, Gatcomb said Carrow approached him in a threatening manner and was yelling and swearing at him. Gatcomb had to unholster his Taser but didn’t have to use it.

While in handcuffs in the back of the police cruiser, Carrow allegedly tried to kick out the passenger-side window with both feet. Wintle said Carrow didn’t damage the car.

Carrow was charged with arson, and more charges are pending, said Wintle.

Carrow was still at the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor as of Wednesday afternoon.

Wintle said Carrow has a criminal history. The case is still under investigation.

The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and Dexter police Corp. Alan Grinnell assisted in the arrest. The Dexter Fire Department was notified of the fire.

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