No bomb found on I-77 in Carroll; Indiana woman could face charges

By Allen Worrell - aworrell@thecarrollnews.com
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An Indiana woman could possibly face charges in Carroll County after alerting authorities a bomb was in the trunk of her car Thursday after being pulled over for speeding on Interstate 77.

According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Corporal Jake Worrell stopped a silver Chevrolet Camaro for traveling 99 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone at approximately 10:55 a.m. at the 17 mile marker on I-77. Gardner said the car bearing Indiana license plates was driven by a 48-year-old female from Indiana.

“As Corporal Worrell approached the car, the female driver provided her operator’s license and said ‘She was going that speed because her ex-husband had placed a bomb in her trunk and was following her down the interstate.’ The driver advised that she was familiar with explosives due to her prior military service,” Gardner said.

Corporal Worrell removed the driver from her car for safety reasons. The driver advised she was heading to Ft. Bragg, N.C. and had spent the night in West Virginia the night before. She then advised that she had found what she thought was a bomb at that time, but West Virginia authorities had not found the bomb and that she was hoping to get stopped by Virginia law enforcement so they could look for the bomb.

Gardner said Corporal Worrell asked the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office dispatch to contact the Virginia State Police, who sent bomb technicians and a bomb dog to the scene. All lanes of I-77 were rerouted from the scene because of the threat.

“The car was searched and no explosive device was found,” Gardner said. “Investigators made contact with law enforcement in her hometown in Indiana, where it was discovered that the female had been missing since Monday, May 7, 2018, but had not been reported to law enforcement by family members. The female was then taken into custody and taken for a mental health evaluation. The investigation continues and charges may be possible upon release from a mental health facility.”

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By Allen Worrell

aworrell@thecarrollnews.com