ATLANTA – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that John McConnell, 51, of Alto, was arrested on March 10th in connection with a vehicle fire in Habersham County.

“At approximately 5:12 p.m. that day, Habersham County 911 received a report of a vehicle fire at the intersection of Crane Mill Road and Cedar Creek Drive,” said Commissioner King. “Upon extinguishment, investigators determined the driver, Mr. McConnell, placed a cloth item into the fuel spout and ignited it with the intention of destroying the vehicle.”

Mr. McConnell is charged with 2nd Degree Arson and Driving Under the Influence. Our office worked with the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services on this case.


The mission of the Office Commissioner of Insurance and Safety Fire is to protect Georgia families by providing access to vital insurance products and safe buildings through fair regulation that creates economic opportunities for all Georgians.


Bryce Rawson