A transient man was arrested Sunday after police say he set fire to an SUV on the side of Interstate 80 in Bettendorf.
Brian Dale Risberg Sr., 52, was booked into the Scott County Jail at 10:44 a.m. Sunday on one count of second-degree arson, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Bond was set Monday at $20,000 cash or surety. He has a preliminary hearing March 23.
The incident happened at 5:51 a.m. Sunday on I-80 westbound near mile marker 300, according to an affidavit filed by Bettendorf police in support of the criminal complaint.
Risberg used a can of gasoline to pour gasoline in the driver seat of his 2009 Kia Sorento and used a lighter and paper to set it on fire, according to the affidavit.
He did this on the side of the heavily traveled interstate highway, according to the affidavit.
He then walked away from the SUV and did not call 911 to report the fire, according to the affidavit.
Both of the I-80 westbound lanes of traffic had to be shut down while the vehicle fire was extinguished. Risberg, according to the affidavit, smelled of gasoline when officers located him inside the westbound rest area.
During an interview with police, he admitted that he used gas to set the SUV on fire, according to the affidavit. Risberg said he did so because he was "done driving vehicles,” according to the affidavit.