Police: Woman lit her own car on fire at Westgate Elementary

The car in question.


Edmonds police released information Thursday regarding the car set on fire in the Westgate Elementary School parking lot May 31.

Police determined that the car’s owner, a 56-year-old Seattle woman, intentionally lit her vehicle on fire. This was not the woman’s first brush with setting things on fire, said Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Shane Hawley. She was charged with arson in August 2014 after she lit her own house on fire in an attempt to kill herself.

The car fire happened on Saturday, May 31 around 8 p.m. The woman was still standing in the parking lot when police arrived. When questioned about the fire, she admitted to using gasoline and a lighter to start the blaze. She told officers that she wanted to go to jail to avoid the stress of dealing with family obligations for the week.

The woman was not taken to jail but instead was transported to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

No one was inside the car and there were no injuries during this event. Charges of second-degree arson were referred to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.

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