07/14/2005

Ill. police arrest driver who said on CB radio he was heading to D.C. with explosives

The Associated Press

PRINCETON, Ill.- A man was arrested Wednesday after telling truckers via CB radio he was headed to Washington, D.C. with a van full of explosives, police said.

Terry Daniel, 44, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, used the words "bomb," "explosive," "Washington, D.C." and "president," over the radio around 3 a.m. while heading eastbound on Interstate 80 in central Illinois, police chief Tom Root said.

Truck drivers alerted authorities, and police took the man into custody at a service station about 100 miles southwest of Chicago.

"There were some maps, documents and other things that lead us to believe that he was headed in that direction and that location," Root said.

Root said the man told officers he "had some issues he wanted to take care of in Washington."

Authorities charged Daniel with felony disorderly conduct, but Root said additional charges were likely. Daniel was being held at the Bureau County sheriff's department. A sheriff's spokeswoman said he had not been assigned a public defender.

X-rays of the van revealed objects authorities suspected were used to produce methamphetamine, although Root said investigators were still sifting through the van and had not discussed its full contents.

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