SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office filed formal charges Thursday against the driver of a car that exploded in the Garland District in August.
Jacob W. Sayman, 27, was charged with 3rd Degree Assault of a Child and Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance. Both charges are Felonies.
WATCH: Butane used to extract marijuana oil caused car explosion, officials say
Investigators believed the car Sayman was driving Aug. 4 exploded near Garland and Wall shortly after he had attempted to illegally extract THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) from marihuana while inside the vehicle. Authorities said Sayman attempted to make the strong marijuana derivative known as “butane honey oil” by using butane lighter fluid to extract the substance from the marijuana plant materials.
When the extraction did not work, police said Sayman drove off, setting the extraction materials aside. Investigators said Sayman then lit a cigarette, which ignited butane vapors inside the car, causing the vehicle to explode.
WATCH: Toddler recovers from Garland vehicle explosion
The explosion left Sayman with serious burns and injured his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Dani. Dani had burns all over her body. She is still healing weeks after she was pulled from the car.
Her mom Staci Sienkiewicz is changing her work schedule to spend time with her daughter. She has been frustrated for months that nothing has happened to Dani’s dad since the explosion.
“When I found out this morning, when you said that, I actually raised my fists in the air and said ‘yea…yes, because it was a very reckless thing to do,” said Sienkiewicz.