Craig Ehlo, a former NBA player who resigned as an Eastern Washington University assistant coach last month, was arrested Thursday after firefighters found family members holding him down near burning clothes outside his Spokane, Wash., home, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported.
Ehlo, 51, was arrested on the felony charge of first-degree reckless burning and a separate charge of domestic violence, the Sheriff's Office told the newspaper. He was booked into Spokane County Jail shortly after 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
After responding to a call at about 1 a.m., firefighters said they found family members involved in an altercation and a large pile of burning clothes at Ehlo's home. They called for assistance from the sheriff's deputies.
"As (deputies) approached, they saw two males holding down another male on the ground, who was Craig" Ehlo, sheriff spokesman Craig Chamberlin told the Spokesman-Review. "Through the investigation, the deputies learned that Craig had a domestic dispute. He had been arguing with his wife earlier in the evening."
Family members said they had seen Ehlo piling up clothes next to the garage. Ehlo then lit them on fire, Chamberlin said. Members of the family told the deputies they were holding Ehlo because they thought he was going to jump into the fire.
Ehlo played in the NBA for 14 seasons, and is best remembered as the Cleveland Cavaliers player guarding Michael Jordan in the first round of the 1989 NBA playoffs when Jordan hit a game-winning shot.