North Liberty woman attempts suicide by fire

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 6:30 AM

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A North Liberty woman was charged Sept. 24 after she allegedly set her apartment on fire in an attempt to kill herself.

According to a North Liberty police complaint, Colette Prybil, 45, was charged after officers responded to a report of a woman who had lit her apartment on fire. The complaint said officers had been dispatched to the same apartment the previous day.

Upon arrival, officers observed burned items on the stove, and the apartment hallway was filled with smoke, the complaint said. Prybil allegedly used the stove burners to light items on fire. She said, according to the complaint, that it was an attempt to kill herself.

Prybil allegedly had bloodshot, watery eyes and a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on her breath. She consented to a breath test that resulted in a blood-alcohol content of .313, according to the complaint.

Prybil is charged with first-degree arson, a Class-B felony, and reckless use of fire or explosives, a serious misdemeanor.

— by Matt Starns

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