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Gas pump arson in Washington State caught on camera

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CLALLAM COUNTY, Wash. (BIKER DAD)- A gas pump arson in Washington state was caught on camera. It started with an attempted van theft. That’s when things got crazy.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office posted the video on their Facebook page. It shows a man dousing a gas pump, van and witness with gasoline. After that he sets them all on fire. Police say David Scott Johnson tried to steal the van. Then, the witness confronted him. He told Johnson the van didn’t belong to him. As a result, deputies say, Johnson lit the van and the witness on fire.

Gas pump arson charges

Johnson was booked for arson, robbery, assault, motor vehicle theft and malicious mischief. The judge set a million dollar fine.

Deputies say the video clearly shows Johnson spraying gasoline on the van, pumps and witnesses then setting the gas on fire as. The gas pump arson would have been much worse if it weren’t for employee Daniel Weaver. Weaver jumped into action. Then, as you can see in the video, he runs up to Johnson. Once Johnson set the fuel on fire, Daniel ran to the shut off valves and grabbed a fire extinguisher. David Johnson ran back into the fire. That’s when Daniel Weaver started putting it out.

Police chase

Then, deputies say, Johnson jumped into a truck on the opposite side of the pumps. He drove off. Johnson drove the stolen truck down Highway 101 crashing it into a Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer who was conducting a traffic stop. The WSP Officer was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries.

Given the fire, it’s incredible that no one at the pump was killed.

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