Mount Pleasant police say a family – including several young children – are safe after a teenage girl set one of the seats on fire during a dispute inside a vehicle Thursday.
Dispatch reported to officers at 7:39 p.m. Thursday that a 911 call was received from a location in the Lakeside neighborhood with a person asking quickly for a squad before hanging up. When police arrived in the area, though, there was no sign of trouble.
Fifteen minutes later another 911 call was received, but the caller didn’t know exactly where they were. Dispatch could hear a lot of screaming in the background and heard something about the car being on fire. It was determined the call was coming from an area near the intersection of Highway KR and Meachem Road.
When police and a crew from South Shore Fire Department arrived they located the vehicle, but it was not on fire. SSFD conducted an assessment of the scene and observed visible burn marks in one of the car’s seats, but it was no longer on fire.
Officers determined that the teenage daughter of the driver in the 2300 block of Racine Street caused a disturbance in the car while the car was en route to where it was currently pulled over. The driver told police the girl was attempting to set the car on fire and do harm to the rest of the occupants while the vehicle was in motion.
A total of nine people were inside the car – five of whom were under the age of seven and not properly restrained.
The girl and an adult male were located across the street from the car. Racine Human Services was contacted, and the girl was taken into custody and transported to the Racine County Juvenile Detention facility. She is facing a felony charge of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Police cited the driver of the car for violating the mandatory child safety restraint law.