DRACUT, MASS. (WHDH) - A woman faced a judge on Friday in connection with the intentional fire that destroyed two police cruisers in Dracut last week, officials said.
Alicia A. Burley, 43, was arraigned in Lowell District Court on charges of burning a motor vehicle and trespassing, announced Dracut Police Chief Peter Bartlett. A not guilty plea was entered on Burley’s behalf.
Officers were responding to multiple emergency calls simultaneously around 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16 when a shift supervisor received a call about a fire in the back parking lot of the police station, according to Chief Bartlett.
Officers found one marked cruiser fully engulfed in flames and another that sustained significant heat damage. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze and both cruisers were deemed totaled.
Burley was released on personal recognizance and was ordered not to possess any dangerous weapons and to stay away from the Dracut Police Department. The judge also ordered Burley to undergo a mental health evaluation.
She will appear back in court for a pre-trial hearing on Nov. 10.
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