Martinez Police arrested a woman for being under the influence of a controlled substance and arson in connection with a 15-acre brush fire that threatened nearby houses Sunday afternoon.
The fire, first reported around 5:09 p.m., was located near Alhambra Avenue and Alhambra Hills Drive. Upon arriving at the scene, Martinez police officers contacted a female suspect who had apparently started the fire. The woman became uncooperative and began resisting officers as they tried to investigate the incident.
The woman was ultimately taken into custody, but one officer was injured during the process of making the arrest after reportedly tumbling down a hillside and hurting his leg. The officer was transported to a local hospital via ambulance.
The fire grew to four acres within the hour, according to a Contra Costa County fire department dispatcher, but was contained by fire crews at approximately 15 acres without any nearby homes being damaged. No evacuations were necessary and no other people were injured during this incident.
The woman was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and arson. She was transported to a local hospital for precautions only. The female suspect has been identified as 48-year-old Concord resident Julie Tenpenny.
All roads in the area that were closed due to the fire were reopened shortly before 8 p.m..
Anyone who witnessed the incident and has additional information is encouraged to contact the Martinez Police Department at 925-372-3440.
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