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Drunk man arrested after truck stop bomb threat

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Posted: Jul 15, 2014 3:02 PM by Brock Sues
Updated: Jul 15, 2014 3:33 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Joseph Oquinn, St. Martinville, Evangeline Thruway, truck stop, bomb, duffel bag, threat

ST. MARTINVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in St. Martin Parish said they arrested an "extremely intoxicated and uncooperative" man after he threatened to blow up a truck stop with a bomb on Monday night.

Deputies said 55-year-old Joseph Oquinn called them to report suspicious activity at a truck stop on Evangeline Thruway, but when they arrived on the scene Oquinn told law enforcement that he had placed a bomb inside of the business.

Oquinn was extremely intoxicated and uncooperative with deputies and refused to give further details concerning the possible bomb, according to law enforcement.

Based on the man's threats, deputies arrested Oquinn and evacuated the truck stop to allow for a search of the business.

Deputies said they found a duffel bag they believed to be Oquinn's, and the University of Lafayette Police Department was contacted to bring a bomb dog to the scene.

The ULPD bomb dog unit performed a second sweep of the building and checked the duffel bag, but no bombs were found.

Joseph Oquinn was taken to St. Martin Parish Correctional Center and booked on charges of terrorizing, disturbing the peace by intoxication, battery on a police officer, resisting a police officer and public intimidation.

Law enforcement cleared the truck stop and the business was reopened without further incident.

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