Man charged with torching car after dispute with mother
Published 1:40 pm, Monday, March 24, 2014
A man sleeping in a friend's car Saturday morning was charged by police on a warrant with setting fire to his own car two years ago.
Eric B. Meindl, 24, was found around 9:30 a.m. Saturday sleeping in the back seat of a car parked at Tunxis Hill Park's lower lot. His friend was sleeping in the front seat. The car, which had Tennessee license plates, was running.
Meindl said they'd been there since 3 a.m., and when police patted down the men, they said they found he had a double-edged dirk knife in his possession. He told officers he had no form of identification, but police located his wallet under the front seat. A vaporizer and accessories used to smoke marijuana were found in the trunk, police said.
On Nov. 20, 2012, police said, Meindl used lighter fluid to light the front seat of his unregistered Honda Civic on fire. The car was parked in the driveway of a Melville Avenue home where he had lived with his mother until the previous night, when she kicked him out, according to the report. The car was parked about six feet from the home, and all the windows and doors were closed, police said. There was a strong odor of lighter fluid, and caps from lighter fluid cans were found on the ground, police said.
A day earlier, Meindl was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief after he allegedly kicked in the door to his mother's room, which had been dead-bolted, police said. Meindl told police at the time that he had a burn on his arm and needed some burn cream. He was supposed to appear in court on Nov. 20, 2012, to answer those charges, but did not show up for court.
In addition to third-degree arson, Meindl was charged Saturday with having weapons in a motor vehicle, carrying a dangerous weapon, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear.
He was held on bonds totaling $26,000 and is scheduled to appear April 1 in Bridgeport Superior Court. Meindl gave police an address in Seymour, Tenn.