A construction worker called Payson police early Thursday morning to report a car on fire down an embankment at the end of Rim Club Parkway.
Police officers arrived to find an empty 1993 Oldsmobile fully engulfed. Payson firefighters put out the fire without incident.
Officers began to investigate the suspicious fire and interviewed a hiker who was nearly knocked over by a man fleeing the scene.
Officers stopped and questioned a man walking on Highway 260 toward the Giant gas station who matched the description given by the hiker.
The suspect, Adam Overstreet, 25, initially gave officers a false name, but later allegedly admitted his real identity and to stealing the car from a Payson residence.
"Initially he was telling us that it accidentally went off the roadway but we are continuing to work the investigation to see if it was deliberate," Engler said. "(Overstreet) was arrested and charged with vehicle theft and giving false information to police.
Payson Police Officer Joni Varga went to the home of the owner of the car, who had no idea the car was missing. The owner, after a 17-hour shift at work, got home at 10:30 p.m. and parked his car at Bonita Street and Bentley, leaving the keys and a set of Ping golf clubs inside.
Payson Police Sgt. Rod Mamero said Overstreet did not know the victim but had a fight with a girlfriend who lived in the neighborhood where the car was parked.
"We are continuing our investigation,"Engler said. "We are still working it as a possible arson."