WILLMAR – A Benson man who had explosive components in his vehicle was arrested Tuesday in Willmar.
The incident required the expertise of the Minneapolis Bomb Squad and charges are pending against the 31-year-old, according to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a news release, the incident started with a call Monday afternoon asking law enforcement to check on an individual sleeping in a vehicle on the side of the road near Kandiyohi County Road 41 and 37th Avenue Northeast.
As deputies were checking the man's driving status, he fled the truck into a nearby cornfield.
It was later determined the man’s driver’s license was revoked, and during an inventory of the truck, an object with a fuse was located and removed.
The Minneapolis Bomb Squad was consulted and later came to the scene, where the device was confirmed to have explosive components and was rendered safe at the time, according to the report.
On Tuesday the driver of the truck was located and arrested by the Willmar Police Department and charges are pending with the Kandiyohi County Attorney’s Office.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force, the Willmar Police Department, the Minneapolis Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.