A 23-year-old man police believe set a vehicle on fire Saturday morning on the West End was arrested in downtown Billings a short while later.
"Just good police work," said Billings Police Department Sgt. Harley Cagle in summarizing the circumstances of the arrest. "We had kind of a general description of the direction and the vehicle. One of the officers spotted him actually coming down Grand (Avenue) speeding. He got behind him and made a traffic stop downtown."
The vehicle fire was reported by a witness at about 7:23 a.m. on the 2200 block of Avenue C, according to information from BPD Sgt. Nate West and Billing Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Jaime Fender.
"The male broke into the vehicle and started it on fire," West wrote on BPD's Twitter account. No one was injured in the incident, according to West.
In a press release describing the fire, Fender wrote that it caused an estimated $15,000 in heavy fire and smoke damage to the interior of an insured vehicle. The release describes the fire's cause as incendiary, meaning it was set intentionally.
It was a matter of minutes before police spotted the suspect around the 300 block of Grand and then made the traffic stop on Fourth Avenue North in front of Stockman Bank, Cagle said.
The suspect in the vehicle fire was booked into the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on multiple charges, Cagle said.