Desperate times call for -- okay forget that... "STUPID IS A STUPID DOES," Forest Gump.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A man is claiming that he set his car on fire on a California highway to scare off bears. The only problem is, according to the police, there were not any bears in the area.

It was about 5:30 a.m. when the California Highway Patrol were called out to a car fire on Interstate 80, near the California/Nevada border. They found a car engulfed in flames and a man yelling something about fires and bears.

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“Listen, we have bears in the area,” Officer Carlos Perez said. “But there were no bears nearby.” (Fox 23 News).

Officers put the fire out. As they were doing so they could see that the gentleman had set the fire himself. Just in case you were wondering, yes, alcohol was involved.

“We are always appreciative of additional fire extinguisher training, but in case anyone was wondering, no you can’t light a fire on the hood of your vehicle to ‘keep the bears away,’” the agency said on social media.

Usually, when something weird like this happens it is due to something far stronger than alcohol. But at this point, we don't have anything else from the police.

Just wondering, do you think charges should be filed against this guy, or is the loss of his car and having to explain this to the insurance company enough?

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