Pollok man allegedly burns truck to afford child support

Johnny Jacks (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Johnny Jacks (Source: Angelina County Jail)

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County authorities arrested a Pollok man accused of burning his truck in order to collect insurance so that he could make child support payments.

Johnny Dewayne Jacks, 42, is charged with second-degree arson.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, deputies learned Jacks told someone that he could not afford to pay child support and his truck note, so he was going to either wreck the truck or burn it.

Deputies spoke to Jacks on July 12 and Jacks admitted to burning his 2010 Silverado on State Highway 103 West, according to the report. The report states Jacks said he bought a bottle of alcohol and drove to a secluded area and poured the alcohol on the back of the motor, then drove the vehicle on Hwy. 103. He then said he saw smoke coming out of the hood and pulled over and got out and waited for the truck to catch on fire before calling the fire department, according to the report.

Jacks later received a check for $29,368.75, which will be used as restitution, according to the report.

Deputies obtained a warrant for Jacks arrest on July 20. He was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Tuesday and posted bond the same day.

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