Rampaging car driver in Cornwall smashes into house and charged with suspected arson

A car driver who crashed into a house in east Cornwall yesterday evening, setting both on fire, has gone on to be arrested for suspected arson.

Police received a call from a member of the public at around 7.30pm yesterday to say that there had been a collision on the A38 at Glyn Valley, near Bodmin.

A car had collided into a house, causing both the car and house to catch fire, and trapping the driver in the process.

A police spokesperson said: “The scene was initially attended by officers from Devon and Cornwall Roads Policing Team, who evacuated the occupants of the house and a large number of dogs.

“Cornwall Fire and Rescue also attended, along with paramedics.

“The single, male occupant of the vehicle was pulled from the  burning car shortly before police arrived.

“The driver of the car was conscious and breathing, although in heavy shock and substantial pain.

“The driver was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth where he was confirmed to have a broken arm and other soft tissue injuries.

“The male was subsequently arrested whilst at Derriford Hospital for arson offences.”

The officers from the Roads Policing Team carried out an investigation at the scene of the crash, alongside collision investigators and fire scene investigation officers.

The road was closed for several hours to allow a thorough investigation and prolonged damping down by the fire and rescue service.

Subsequent investigation work will be completed by CID officers.

Anyone with any additonal information that may help the investigation is now asked to contact the police by calling 101, quoting log 804 of October 18, 2020.

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