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Michael Brewer Update: Fla. teen who was set on fire in 2009 arrested on drug charges

Michael Brewer booking photo, March 21, 2013
AP Photo/Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
(CBS/AP) WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Authorities say Michael Brewer, a South Florida teenager who was critically injured when he was attacked by three other teens in 2009 and set on fire, has been arrested in Palm Beach County on drug charges. 

Pictures: Michael Brewer's remarkable recovery (warning: some graphic content)

County jail records show the 18-year-old Brewer was booked early Thursday on multiple charges, including possession of cocaine and marijuana, and drug equipment.

The arrest was made when Brewer was stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper on Wednesday night after he made an illegal U-turn, according to his arrest report, CBS Miami reports.

Brewer was severely burned at age 15 when three teens doused him with rubbing alcohol and set him on fire. Brewer survived by leaping into an apartment complex swimming pool.

The three teens, identified as Matthew Bent, Denver Jarvis, and Jesus Mendez, were convicted and sentenced to prison.

During the trial, testimony showed the attack stemmed from Brewer's refusal to buy a marijuana pipe from one of the teens, who then tried to steal a bicycle from the Brewer home.

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