NEW DETAILS: Suspect in Greeneville arson case allegedly admits to being drunk, causing truck to crash

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – UPDATE – New details from the Greeneville Police Department reveal the man accused of arson after several structure fires on Sunday also caused a truck to crash.

According to a report from the Greeneville Police Department, Griffin is also suspected of unlawfully entering and crashing another man’s truck.

On Sunday, a man’s truck was moved from his driveway and a tool bag was removed from the inside of the truck.

Griffin, later identified after his arrest, allegedly admitted to disengaging the truck’s emergency brake and pushing the vehicle away, causing it to crash into a tree.

Another report from GPD also details Griffin’s arrest, saying an officer responded to West Main Street after hearing of a drunken individual near the possible arson cases.

The officer saw a man, later identified as Griffin, in a hoodie with black medical gloves on.

The report says the officer asked the man to come talk to him, and Griffin began walking towards him, began to take off the gloves and put his hands in his hoodie pocket.

The officer told him to show his hands, but Griffin allegedly kept them in his hoodie pocket. The report says the officer then drew his firearm and ordered Griffin to show his hands and get on the ground.

Griffin then complied and was placed in handcuffs. Griffin consented to a pat-down search, according to the report.

Griffin allegedly was in possession of a spoon with white residue and a syringe in his pocket. He also reportedly admitted later to authorities that he was drunk.

Griffin was charged with public intoxication and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia from that encounter.

He was transported after this incident to be interviewed about the fires that his felony charges stem from.

Griffin is charged with five counts of aggravated arson, two counts of reckless burning, one count of auto burglary and one count of felony vandalism.

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A Greeneville man is facing several felony charges including five counts of aggravated arson after emergency crews responded to several structure fires on Sunday.

A release from the Greeneville Police Department said officers responded to an area near Marshall Lane in Greeneville to multiple structure fires.

The fire includes personal property.

Officers found a suspicious person in the area with items they believe may have been used to start the fires.

That man was identified as 27-year-old Brandon Joe Griffin of Timber Ridge Road in Greeneville.

Griffin is charged with five counts of aggravated arson, two counts of reckless burning, one count of auto burglary and one count of felony vandalism.

He is being held on a $250,000 bond at the Greene County Detention Center.

He is scheduled to appear in court Monday at 8:30 a.m.

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