A former Howard County volunteer firefighter has been charged with arson in connection with a blaze that destroyed five trucks parked at an industrial park near Dorsey.
A District Court judge yesterday set bail at $35,000 for Bobby Lee Carmichael, 22, of the 6300 block of Beachfield Ave. in Elkridge. He was jailed at the Howard County Detention Center.
Carmichael was arrested at 4:30 a.m. Sunday after a chase that began when a Howard County police officer saw a car speeding away from the Route 100 Industrial Park, in the 6600 block of Amberton Drive, police said.
The car sped onto U.S. 1 with its lights off, police said, and went through a red light before proceeding to Md. 100. The chase ended on Interstate 95, where Carmichael was cited for speeding, turning off headlights while driving at night, fleeing and eluding the police officer and driving with a revoked license, police said.
After stopping Carmichael, the officer detected an odor of gasoline and noticed a half-full five-gallon container of gasoline on the front seat, police said.
Carmichael said he that he had siphoned gasoline from a car at the industrial park. The officer returned to the park and found the trucks in flames. The state fire marshal's office has charged Carmichael with five counts of arson in connection with the blaze, police said.
Carmichael was voted in as a member of the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department on Sept. 5. He submitted his resignation Sunday following his arrest, said Battalion Chief Donald Howell, of the Howard County Fire Department, which coordinates the volunteer operations.