Man pays for setting car ablaze

A 29-year-old Oak Harbor man who started a car fire with fireworks last year will be shelling out some money.

Olin Bolden pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Oct. 1 to reckless burning in the second degree as a part of a plea bargain.

Judge pro tem Michael Moynihan agreed with the sentence recommendation proposed by the prosecution and defense. He sentenced Bolden to no days in jail, but ordered him to pay $3,117 in fines and fees, plus $2,000 in restitution to the owner of the car. Bolden will be under Department of Corrections supervision for a year.

Oak Harbor Police Officer Lisa Jenne wrote in her report that Bolden was lighting off fireworks Aug. 21, 2006, outside of an apartment complex on N. Oak Harbor Street. He admitted that he threw a lit Roman candle inside of a parked car and watched it shoot off. A fire engulfed the inside of the 1978 Oldsmobile Delta, causing extensive damage.

“Bolden told me he was just trying to have fun, but he’s now paying for it,” Jenne wrote.

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