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Deputies: Florida Man Sets Fire To Home, Flees In Car Resembling General Lee

Posted at 7:56 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 15:28:23-04

MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WESH)– Deputies say that a horse jockey set fire to a Central Florida home before fleeing the scene in a car painted to resemble the General Lee.

NBC affiliate WESH reports that 44-year-old Oswald Pereira is suspected of setting a home in Marion County, Florida on fire. They say he then fled the scene in a car that has been compared to the famous vehicle from the television show “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Pereira led deputies on a chase into another county, where he was apprehended inside a home.

WESH reports that he had burns on about 15% of his body.

He is facing charges of fleeing and eluding law enforcement, assault on an officer and violating a domestic violence protection order. WESH reports that fire officials will determine if he will be charged with arson.

Two dogs were saved from the home by fire crews. The homeowner was not hurt.