Man douses self, girlfriend with gasoline

PARKERSBURG – After dousing his girlfriend and himself with gasoline, a local man is in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, officials said.

Carol Lee Withrow, 30, 1810 Covert St., Parkersburg, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after police were called to the Covert Street residence concerning a report of a suicidal man threatening to light himself on fire.

“After being served with the order, Withrow went to the residence of the female who filed the protection order,” said Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin in a press release. “While at the Covert Street address, Withrow threw gasoline onto the female and threatened to light her on fire.”

When officers arrived on the scene, Withrow poured gasoline on himself in front of the officers, telling the officers to stay away from him, police said.

“Withrow also lit a cigarette stating he would light himself on fire,” Martin said. “Officers established a perimeter around Withrow to prevent his escape and to render the proper aid if necessary.”

Officers requested the Parkersburg Fire Department to respond and assist with the emergency.

Firefighters sprayed Withrow with water to reduce the possibility of fire and he began to run away from officers, Martin said. Withrow was subdued and arrested at that time without further incident.

Withrow was taken to the Parkersburg Police Department for processing and booking where he was charged with domestic battery, violation of a protection order, and obstructing an officer.

Withrow, a Spencer native, was taken to Wood County Magistrate Court for arraignment on the charges. He failed to make $6,000 bond and is in custody.

Earlier in the day he was arraigned in magistrate court on a citation for driving on a suspended or revoked license for miscellaneous reasons and was released on a $500 personal recognizance bond.