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Mandan, N.D., man sets self on fire during drug trip, steals car

DICKINSON, N.D. -- A Mandan man is recovering from severe self-inflicted burns after a drug trip went awry Monday.

David Kissee, 33, lit himself on fire near a gas station about noon Monday, authorities say. He ran through the car wash, which put out the fire.

Kissee then stole a car parked next to the entrance of the car wash, and abandoned the vehicle blocks away. He then entered a Dickinson residence. The homeowner reported hearing someone enter his home and detecting a “strong odor of gasoline,” Dickinson Police Captain David Wilkie said.

When officers arrived, they found Kissee in the basement with severe burns on his hands, legs and body. He was flown to Regions Hospital Burn Center in St. Paul.

“His story is that several officers attacked him wearing full chemical suits, and they sprayed him with chemicals and put him in a shed,” Wilkie said. “So, he’s hallucinating.”

Kissee said “he could cure the burning from the chemical by putting gasoline on himself. He lit a cigarette, which lit the gasoline on fire, which lit him on fire,” Wilkie said.

Charges haven’t been filed, but Kissee faces charges of reckless driving, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, criminal trespassing into a dwelling, theft of a motor vehicle, theft of property and ingestion of a controlled substance.

“Just about anything you can think of, he’s being charged with,” Wilkie said. “It’s quite an incident.”

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