Police: Plattsburgh man set himself on fire after DWI arrest

PLATTSBURGH (AP) – Authorities say a man who set himself on fire about two hours after being charged with driving while intoxicated is in critical condition.

Police in Plattsburgh say 60-year-old Daniel Burke was pulled over around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, charged with DWI and released.

Around 10 p.m., officers went to his mobile home after a neighbor reported hearing glass breaking. Authorities say they could see Burke inside the trailer and were trying to speak with him when he shut off the lights and lit himself on fire.

The officers broke down the door, dragged Burke outside and extinguished his burning clothes. The fire destroyed the trailer.

Officials at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. told the Enterprise he was in critical condition this morning.

Police haven’t said how Burke set himself on fire