A man set his car ablaze to scare away “bears” on Interstate 80 on Thursday, CHP said. CHP Truckee
It started with a call to California Highway Patrol around 5:30 a.m. Thursday. There was a car ablaze on Interstate 80 near the Farad off ramp by the California-Nevada border.
When officers arrived on the scene of this altogether not unusual occurrence, they found a man in his 30s yelling about “the bears,” said CHP-Truckee Officer Carlos Perez.
Officers then determined the man had set his own vehicle ablaze to stave off these so-called bears, Perez said.
“Listen, we have bears in the area,” Perez said. “But there were no bears nearby.”
Officers made haste to put out the fire, as the car was surrounded by brushy hillsides, and then put the man under arrest. He is charged with arson and being under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
“We are always appreciative of additional fire extinguisher training,” CHP said on Facebook, “but in case anyone was wondering, no you cant light a fire on the hood of your vehicle to ‘keep the bears away.'”