Alto Man arrested in connection with Vehicle Fire

Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announces that 51-year-old John McConnell of Alto was arrested on March 10, 2023, in connection with a vehicle fire in Habersham County.  At approximately 5:12pm that day, Habersham County 911 received a report of a vehicle fire at the intersection of Crane Mill Road and Cedar Creek Drive.  Upon extinguishment, investigators determined the driver, McConnell, placed a cloth item into the fuel spout and ignited it with the intention of destroying the vehicle.  He is charged with second-degree arson and driving under the influence.  The Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commission Office worked with the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services on the case.