TWIN FALLS — A Twin Falls man accused of setting a house on fire and leading police on a chase across the city has passed a competency evaluation and will go to trial in August.
Lamont Dewitt, 57, was charged with first-degree arson, possessing destructive devices and eluding in January 2017. He will face a jury on Aug. 28, more than a year and a half after the incident that led to his arrest.
On the night of Jan. 6, Dewitt was heard yelling threats before throwing something at a house that started a fire, police said. Residents of the house put the fire out 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.
A jury trial scheduled for last November was vacated so that Dewitt could undergo a mental evaluation to determine whether he was capable of understanding the trial proceedings and assisting his attorney in his defense.
The trial is now slated for next month. Another pretrial hearing will take place Aug. 20.