Court Docs: Man snorts meth before setting mother’s house on fire

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CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Philipsburg man was arrested after police say he admitted to snorting meth before setting his mother’s house on fire because he “hates that f—– house, according to the official affidavit.

Brent Archer Sr., 34, was arrested in Blair County and taken back to Clearfield County to speak with state police after a house fire in Centre County on Dec. 1. While speaking with Archer, troopers say he admitted to waking up at 3 a.m. that morning and snorting meth before walking over to his mother’s house.

Archer claimed he had an agreement with his mother to pick up his child, but police noted he said the agreement was made with his “mind’s eye,” according to the official complaint.


Archer then went to the house on Mulligan Hollow Lane in Rush Township, but no one was home. He found a maul to break into the home and then went back to the garage to get gasoline. He then set the home on fire with a lighter before walking to his brother’s residence on Stone Street in Osceola Mills in Clearfield County.

Once there, Archer reportedly used a leaf blower to break a window in the back door of the home and let himself in. He poured more gasoline but was interrupted by his brother who was home at the time.

Archer then ran off to the Osceola Mills post office and asked an employee to use her phone before getting a ride to Tyrone in Blair County.

At 7:30 a.m., an officer made contact with Archer outside the Tyrone Borough Police Department when he informed that he was on the phone with state police claiming his child went missing after being followed by a B-52 Bomber airplane on Interstate 99, according to the complaint. He also allegedly told the officer to “call the government” and he had documentation to prove it.

Police say Archer left the police department but was later found at Choice Cigarettes along West 10th Street where he was arrested and taken back to PSP Barracks in Clearfield County. During his arrest, Archer resisted police and reportedly attempted to kick officers numerous times.

Archer is currently in Cambria County Prison on a probation bench warrant. Damages to his mother’s house that he set on fire are estimated to be $35,000.

Archer is now facing eight different felony charges including arson and burglary. He also faces charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest. A preliminary arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 9.

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