Bomb threat brings I-95 traffic to a halt

September 30, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Already slowed by two accidents on northbound Interstate 95 in Howard County, traffic came to a standstill last night after a woman seen driving erratically stopped her car and claimed she had a bomb in the vehicle, state police reported.

A bomb-sniffing dog from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police was brought to the site between Routes 175 and 100 near Jessup, but turned up no whiff of explosives, said Maj. Greg Shipley, state police spokesman - adding that the woman was arrested.

Police received several calls from other drivers about 8:30 p.m. reporting a woman operating a white Ford Thunderbird erratically and crossing all four lanes between Routes 100 and 175, Shipley said.

Troopers found the 20-year-old Takoma Park resident sitting on the hood of the Thunderbird, and "when the first trooper approached, she told him there was a bomb in her car," Shipley said, adding that police immediately shut down both directions of the interstate and rerouted traffic onto 100 and 175. The highway was reopened about 11 p.m., he said.

He said the incident will be reviewed by the Howard County state's attorney's office.

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