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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bomb Threats and Backwards Driving: Meet Your Neighbors

Sure, the weather makes us all a little bit stir-crazy, but a couple of our fellow Restonians have had a particularly... interesting week.

First, a 60-year-old from Reston walked into a sheriff's office in Sterling talking about a nearby explosive device. Wait, what?

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man after his claims of an explosive device near the sheriff's Sterling station led police to discover a package nearby.

[The gentleman] walked into the Sheriff's station on E. Frederick Drive at 8:47 p.m. Thursday. Appearing intoxicated, he allegedly made statements about a possible explosive device in the area, according to a Sheriff's Office release.

A deputy in the area discovered a suspicious package close to a nearby electrical transformer. The Loudoun County Bomb Squad rendered the package safe. The package did contain an explosive initiation system, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Police searched two other locations, finding no additional explosives. He was charged with drunk in public and manufacturing a hoax device.

Then yesterday afternoon, a 26-year-old from Reston was arrested after driving backwards on Rugby Road.
While being arrested, the suspect provided false information as well as kicked the door and window of the police vehicle he was in, according to police.

The suspect was charged with DWI (fourth offense), refusing breath test, fraudulent information to police, destruction of county property, driving while suspended (DWI related) and improper backing on the highway.
Good thing the weather yesterday was conducive to driving in reverse. All we can say is warmer weather, or a non-full moon or whatever, can't come soon enough.

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