CARY — A citizen tip led to the arrest of a Cary teen in connection with last weeks culvert fire that has damaged a section of the Cary Parkway, requiring repairs expected to cost up to $500,000 and detour traffic for weeks.
Town of Cary Police have charged Tristan Zammit, 17, of Brownfield Drive with intentionally setting fire to grass, brush lands, or woodlands, which is a class 2 misdemeanor.
Zammit admitted to starting the fire, according to Cary officials. If convicted, he faces up to 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
We are incredibly thankful for the many pieces of information from citizens that helped us solve this case, said Capt. Don Hamilton of the Town of Carys Criminal Investigations Unit. This fire is a crime with costly impacts to our community and the state.
The Cary Parkway is state-owned and maintained. The fire caused a long portion of the culvert, which runs under the parkway, to collapse and will require that the state Department of Transportation to rebuild the parkway between Two Creeks Road and Lake Pine Drive.
Westbound Cary Parkway from Two Creeks Road to Lake Pine Drive is closed to all traffic with detours using Kildaire Farm Road to Tryon Road to Lake Pine Drive.
Eastbound Cary Parkway currently remains open, but those lanes will also be closed when repairs begin next week.