Manitowoc, Wisconsin – A naked 32-year-old man was arrested for running naked through the street. During the arrest, an unusual set of circumstances caused the man to catch on fire.
Police officers arrived to a call on July 16 to find Travis Tingler on the street wearing no clothes and shouting at residents in a nearby house that he had a knife and was going to gut them.
After trying extensively to get the man to surrender, the officers moved in on the naked man and deployed a Taser. One of the Taser probes hit a lighter that Tingler was holding, igniting it. The burning fuel fell to the suspect's chest hair, catching him on fire.
The officers immediately moved to put the fire out.
Tingler continued to struggle with police even after the fire was put out, USA Today reported. During the fight, the man punched an officer in the face. That’s when an officer deployed his Taser on Tingler again and he fell and hit his head on the pavement.
Police called an ambulance and the hospital stated Travis Tingler had tested positive for marijuana and his blood-alcohol level was 0.177.
The naked Tingler told the officers he wasn’t doing anything wrong.
“I told him he couldn’t be out in the middle of the street with no clothes on,” a police officer said in the Manitowoc Police Department report. “I asked him about his condition. I noticed he had a dazed appearance, blank stare and he sweated profusely.”
Tingler went on to tell police some people were bothering him and he was calling them out. Then he told the police he wanted to go home to his residence located on the same street.
One girl in the home Tingler was yelling at told police that the man was dating her mother and that he had lived in the home for about two years. The girl said that he had started drinking alcohol three hours before police arrived, then Tingler started to act weird and said, “Stay in the light and never come into the dark."
Tingler then threw the glass he was drinking from into the street and it broke, according to USA Today. He then took off his clothes and threw them onto the front porch, the girl told police.
Police recommended charges of resisting a police officer, battery to an officer, disorderly conduct, and lewd and lascivious behavior.