A Rolla man was charged with the felonies of Knowingly Burning and Resisting Arrest. Edward Stollhans, age 35 of Rolla, was arrested after allegedly setting a porch, and then a field, on fire.

According to the case’s probable cause statement, the reporting officer was dispatched to a county road in response to a report of arson on Jan. 25. Upon arrival, it was discovered Stollhans, who was present at the residence, had been asked to leave. The probable cause statement said that upon leaving, Stollhans allegedly set fire to the porch. After doing so, Stollhans allegedly also set fire to the field to the south of their location.

The probable cause statement said the reporting officer found Stollhans approximately a quarter of a mile from the scene.

“He was obviously intoxicated and was very uncooperative,” wrote the officer in his report. Stollhans was placed under arrest and was “actively resisting getting into the patrol vehicle,” according to the probable cause statement.

As Stollhans was being placed into the patrol vehicle, he allegedly attacked the reporting officer, head-butting the officer in the right side of his face, according to the probable cause statement. Stollhans was secured in the rear seat of the officer’s patrol vehicle and transported to the Phelps County Jail. In the probable cause statement, the reporting officer said Stollhans “remained resistive the entire time.”

Stollhans was issued a bond amount of $250,000 with a case review scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6.