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Alleged truck thief douses self with gasoline

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RAMONA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in San Diego County say a burglary suspect doused himself with gasoline and threw a burning towel from a stolen pickup truck during a chase before he was arrested.

Oscar Torres of Chula Vista was evaluated at a hospital before he was booked. He remains jailed Tuesday morning.

City News Service says sheriff's deputies received calls Monday afternoon about a man with black paint on his face and arms who was entering homes in Ramona. Callers said he also stole a pickup truck from a driveway.

Deputies spotted the truck a short time later. During a chase, the driver reportedly doused himself with gas and threw a burning towel and other objects out the window. A spike strip was used to blow the tires and stop him.

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