NORWAY — A vehicle fire proved doubly unpleasant to the car’s driver Wednesday after police gave him a ticket on a criminal charge.
Detective Gary Hill of the Norway Police Department said 18-year-old Jesse Minnerly of Everett Drive was driving a 1992 Plymouth Duster back from a repair shop when he felt the floor getting hot. He got out of the vehicle after turning onto Everett Drive and noticed flames under the hood.
The town’s fire and police departments responded to the call at about 1:30 p.m. Hill said officer Ron Cole found that the car’s plates were registered to a 1987 Dodge pickup truck, and he issued Minnerly a summons on a charge of illegal attachment of plates.
Assistant Chief Jim Tibbetts of the Norway Fire Department said the flames were contained under the hood, but the car was considered a total loss.
“From what we could make out, it was the battery that caused it,” he said.