Authorities say man drove car through business with plans to set it on fire

Published 12:24 am Saturday, July 18, 2020

A former resident of Port Arthur remains in jail on a charge of arson after authorities say he drove his car through a store front with the intent to set the building ablaze.

David Colvin, 46, is in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on a $20,000 bond for the arson charge.

Port Arthur Fire Marshal Paul Washburn said the incident was reported at 2:30 a.m. June 20 at Affordable Home Furnishings, 3611 Twin City Hwy.

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Colvin reportedly ran his 2016 Chevrolet Equinox into the front glass window but didn’t make it very far inside, Port Arthur Fire Marshal Paul Washburn said.

Port Arthur Police responded to a burglar alarm and when they arrived, Washburn said, officers found the vehicle inside the building with the back hatch open. Inside the vehicle was a 5-gallon can of gas and a lighter on the floor.

Colvin stayed at the scene and cooperated with fire and police officials.

A section of front window at Affordable Home Furnishings, 3611 Twin City Hwy., remains covered with plywood after authorities said a man drove his vehicle into the store on July 8 to commit arson. (Mary Meaux/The News)