Police: Man who told officers he had a bomb on I-40 in Dickson transported for ‘evaluation’

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After a bomb threat closed six miles of Interstate-40 in Dickson County on Friday morning, officials say the suspect is at a local hospital for “evaluation.”

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the interstate was closed due to a possible bomb in a vehicle in the westbound lanes. The roadway was closed in both directions near Exit 182 around 1 a.m. and fully reopened to traffic just before 5 a.m. 

According to officials, the suspect stopped and told officers “he had a bomb under his vehicle and a juvenile was holding the detonator” while they were on the scene of an unrelated traffic stop.  

The THP’s Special Operations Unit assisted the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation, using a robot to perform “render safe procedures” on the vehicle.

An explosive device was not found in the investigation. 

According to Dickson Co. Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe, the suspect was transported to Horizon Medical Center for evaluation. Police have not released the man’s name or if he will face charges related to the incident. 

It’s also unclear if a child was actually involved in the incident. 

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 for updates. 

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