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SC man arrested for fire after traffic ticket

Dec 23, 2010 11:45:00 AM - thestate.com
Newberry County authorities say a man has been charged with burning down an abandoned house in retaliation for a traffic ticket.

Sheriff Lee Foster says 34-year-old David Douglas Proctor was arrested Wednesday and charged with arson.

Foster says a deputy ticketed Proctor Saturday for driving more than 40 miles over the speed limit. Investigators say the deputy filed a report after Proctor later followed him home and drove by his house several times.

The next day, authorities responded to an abandoned house fire. Proctor was arrested after investigators said he had bragged he was even with authorities because it cost as much to respond to the fire as his ticket fine.

Proctor has been denied bond. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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