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Deputies: Garland County Man Arrested for DWI Had Pipe Bomb in His Truck

Tanner Lee Root, 18, of Pearcy, facing a string of charges after Monday morning incident.
GARLAND COUNTY, AR - A Pearcy man arrested early Monday morning on a DWI charge was found to have a pipe bomb inside his vehicle.

That's according to the Garland County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say Tanner Root, 18, was taken into custody from the scene of an accident after his truck went off the road and into a ditch.

It happened at the intersection of North Moore Road and Sunshine Road shortly after 4:00.

In addition to DWI, Root was charged with refusal to submit to a BAC test, and criminal acts involving explosives. He was also ticketed for careless driving and no insurance. Root reportedly registered .20 on a breathalyzer and failed other sobriety tests.

Deputies had been looking for Root for 20 minutes after someone reported seeing a man covered in blood driving a white Chevrolet truck who had gone into the EZ Mart on Adcock Road and Airport Road.

While deputies were looking for the vehicle, they received a report of an accident nearby.

In a search of Root's truck, the GCSO says deputies found an item wrapped in tinfoil with a wick sticking out of it that measured two inches around and eight inches long.

The device was taken to headquarters where the bomb squad with the Little Rock Fire Department, assisted by Arkansas State Police, detonated it shortly after 8:00 and confirmed it was a pipe bomb layered with gunpowder and drywall screws.

The GCSO says investigators will be working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) later in the week to determine possible federal charges.
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