House fire, meth and police pursuit result in McDonough County arrests

A Bardolph man was arrested after his home at 103 S. Broadway was found to be on fire Sunday night.

According to McDonough County Sheriff Rick Van Brooker, sheriff's deputies and the Bushnell Fire Department were called to the fire at 6 p.m. and witnesses told them that an altercation had taken place and the resident, Michael W. Mason, 31, was seen crashing his car into another parked car. The witnesses then told police that Michael Mason ran into the house and later came out of the burning home and that he was acting delusional and left abruptly in a car.

Police began a search for Michael Mason in and around Bardolph and he was arrested at approximately 12:30 a.m. after a short foot pursuit in the town, according to a press release.

Police say he is charged with arson, procurement of meth precursors, endangering the life/health of a child, criminal damage over $300.00 and resisting arrest. Michael Mason is lodged in the McDonough County Jail awaiting a court appearance.

During the fire investigation, Holly J. Mason, 30, also a resident of 103 S. Broadway, was arrested after detectives found that both Holly and Michael had methamphetamine and methamphetamine chemicals in the presence of a three-year-old child.

The child was treated by medical responders and placed in protective custody.

Holly Mason posted bond and was released from the McDonough County Jail.