According to a police report, a man set his ex-girlfriend’s car on fire last week while his ex was in jail, but was quickly found and apprehended.
Terry Neal Carnes, 50, of Cartersville, was arrested and charged with arson in the first degree and probation violation on Aug. 5.
Bartow County Fire Department personnel were called to a residence on Joe Frank Harris Parkway in Adairsville at roughly 11 p.m. Saturday night after a man who was housesitting for a woman incarcerated in the Bartow County jail saw the woman’s van in flames.
The housesitter opened the door upon seeing the flames and saw Carnes fleeing on foot towards the road. He also identified Carnes as the ex-boyfriend of the woman he was housesitting for.
The housesitter said Carnes was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
Another witness told police he saw a truck driving up and down Joe Frank Harris Parkway when a white male with a white shirt and blue jeans walked across the corner of the property and driveway.
The witness then saw the man run back to the road, where he was picked up by a truck a short time later.
Carnes was located on Brown Loop Road and taken into custody.
Carnes had previously been arrested for simple assault and battery in violation with the Family Violence Act in May.