Two Scott County sheriff’s deputies dragged a man out of a burning car after he threatened to commit suicide and drive the car into Boomland on Wednesday night around 9 o’clock, in Benton. A Deputy stopped the man near a gas pump after a report he had driven off without paying for gasoline. Sheriff Rick Walter says the man threatened to kill himself and blow the place up. The man covered his face except for his eyes and continuously rolled his window up and down. Deputies could detected a strong gasoline odor coming from the vehicle and the man held a lighter out in front of him when police asked about weapons. After a long discussion, the man allowed people inside Boomland, McDonald’s and the Exxon gas station to leave. Deputies deployed stop sticks in front of the man’s vehicle and blocked the entrances to the gas station. The man then lit the inside of his car on fire. Deputies pulled him out before he caught on fire. He was covered in gasoline and his car was fully engulfed in 30 seconds. Deputies had gas transferred to them as well and luckily did not ignite. New Hamburg, Benton and Commerce firefighters extinguished the car fire before the gas tank exploded. Law enforcement and the man were treated for smoke inhalation. No formal charges have yet been filed. The man’s identity was not released and his mental health is being evaluated.