Suspect arrested in connection with vandalized patrol car in Denton

A Denton patrol car was vandalized with profanity in September.
A Denton patrol car was vandalized with profanity in September. Courtesy

Police arrested a man suspected of spray-painting profanity on a patrol car in September.

Joseph Porter Fishburn, 25, was arrested Monday after police said they identified him from fingerprints left on the patrol car. He admitted to the crime during an interview with investigators, Officer Orlando Hinjosa said.

Fishburn is in the Denton County Jail facing misdemeanor charges for criminal mischief over $750, Hinojosa said.

The vehicle had been used at Loop 288 and Stuart Road as a deterrent to motorists as the school year began, Officer Shane Kizer told the Star-Telegram in September.

A resident called police about 6 a.m. on Sept. 3 to report the vehicle had been vandalized.

Upon arrival, officers found the car covered with spray-painted profanity, all the tires flattened and the spotlight broken, police said.

Fishburn previously was arrested in 2012 for evading arrest with a vehicle, according to Denton County court records.

Police are not searching for any other suspects, Hinojosa said.

This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson