Deputies: Woman hid lighter in roll of fat, started fire in holding cell

Amber Koestler / Photo: WJHG
Amber Koestler / Photo: WJHG(WCTV)
Published: Dec. 8, 2016 at 7:26 PM EST
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December 9, 2016

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -- Via a Press Release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office:

A woman in a booking facility at the Okaloosa County Extension building is charged with arson after deputies say she lit a roll of toilet paper on fire with a lighter she had hidden in a fold of body fat.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 37-year-old Amber Koestler on December 5th after her girlfriend said Koestler hit her at a home on Scranton Street near Fort Walton Beach.

Deputies say as they were heading to the booking facility on Lewis Turner Boulevard, Koestler was combative, punching and kicking the door inside the patrol car. She got out of her handcuffs and when deputies opened the door to restrain her, she grabbed the cuffs as if to use them as a weapon. Deputies says a taser was deployed but was not effective. Deputies reapplied the handcuffs but Koestler continued to be combative at the booking facility and attempted to bite a deputy. She was then escorted to a holding cell.

A short time later, deputies smelled smoke and thought it could be the result of an electrical fire. They began to evacuate the prisoners and then discovered Koestler had set a roll of toilet paper on fire inside her holding cell. Video surveillance revealed Koestler had concealed a lighter in a roll of body fat in her buttocks. She retrieved it and then used the lighter to start the fire. No one was injured.

Koestler is charged with felony domestic battery, resisting arrest, and arson.

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