TWIN FALLS — A Twin Falls man charged with counts of arson, possessing destructive devices, and eluding police did not appear in court on Tuesday as scheduled.
The jury trial for Lamont J. Dewitt, 56, was vacated so he could undergo a mental evaluation. The evaluation will determine whether Dewitt is capable of understanding the trial proceedings and assisting his attorney in his defense.
Dewitt is accused of starting a house fire in January, then fleeing the scene. On the night of Jan. 6, Dewitt was heard yelling threats before throwing something at a house that started a fire, according to a police statement. Residents of the house put out the fire quickly, and no one was injured.
A car chase down North Blue Lakes Boulevard ended at Eastland Drive North and Falls Avenue when police deployed spike sticks. Officers reportedly found several bottles containing flammable liquid inside Dewitt’s car.
He is charged with two counts of arson, possession of destructive devices or bombs, and attempting to elude a police officer in a motor vehicle.