An Arkansas man is in the hospital but expected to recover after a fireball engulfed a state trooper carrying a backpack containing a gallon of gasoline, according to an Arkansas State Police news release.
At about 1:18 a.m. on Oct. 13, an Arkansas state trooper attempted to stop a motorcycle in Little Rock that did not have a license plate visible, the release said.
The bicyclist, identified by state police as 38-year-old Christopher Gaylor, sped off at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour, “ignoring numerous stop signs and traffic lights as he headed onto Interstate 30, where a second state trooper encountered the motorcyclist.” proclaimed the news.
After exiting the freeway, he jumped off the motorcycle in a residential area and ran, the release said.
A trooper deployed a taser in an attempt to apprehend the suspect, and state police say when the taser’s barbs hit Gaylor, he was engulfed in a fireball.
Police dash cam video released by Arkansas State Police to CNN affiliate KHBS shows the crowd yelling “it’s on fire,” then using a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. According to the statement of the State Police, officers provided medical aid while an ambulance attended.
“An investigation revealed that Gaylor was carrying approximately 1 gallon of gasoline in a backpack,” according to a state police statement.
Gaylor remains hospitalized in good condition and is expected to recover, police said.
“He is charged with felony eluding, failure to register a vehicle, no liability insurance, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving,” state police said.
No Arkansas State Police personnel are under investigation in connection with the incident, and no one has been placed on administrative leave or discipline, state spokesman Bill Sadler told CNN.
Arkansas State Police said Gaylor, after abandoning the motorcycle, never said he was carrying an accelerant in his backpack, nor did he have a sign on the outside of the backpack indicating that he had an accelerant.
CNN has attempted to reach Gaylo. It is not clear if he has retained an attorney.