Bomb Threat After DUI Arrest Shut Down Highway 50 Overnight

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

STATELINE, Nev. -- A deputy who made a traffic stop for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) got more than expected Saturday in Stateline.

The traffic stop happened just before 11pm on Highway 50 and Kahle Drive. The Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy pulled over a black Dodge sports car. The deputy arrested the driver, 29-year-old Adam Smith of Minden, for suspicion of DUI.

During the arrest, deputies saw a wire running from the front seat into the trunk. According to the Sheriff's Office, when deputies asked Smith what it was, he said, "It's a bomb."

Officials - as a precaution - called in the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP), the Tahoe Douglas Fire Department, the Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Highway 50 was closed for several hours during the investigation. Traffic had to be re-routed.

By 4am Sunday morning, the bomb squad determined the "it's a bomb" comment was a hoax and no explosives were in the car.

Officials booked Smith on both the DUI charges and Bomb Threat charges. His bail is set at $26,500.


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