On March 27th, a state trooper was traveling along I-68 in Preston County when suddenly a car whizzed past him going at least 130 mph. Stunned by the brazen act, the officer, D.W. Satterfield, initiated a traffic stop. Immediately, Officer Satterfield knew something was off.
The suspect allegedly appeared visibly stressed and confused before he started spouting concerning statements. The 42-year-old driver, who has remained unnamed, began expressing death threats against the President of the United States. He allegedly told Officer Satterfield that he’d like to “blow up” the Pentagon.
Officer Satterfield notified his superiors about the stop, and Secret Service agents were quick to respond. While backup was on the way, Officer Satterfield began searching the car. He discovered both a firearm and explosive powder. He immediately decided to take the suspect into custody. The 42-year-old complied without resistance.
Due to the seriousness of the threat, police made the decision to close both sides of I-68 to ensure there were no further explosives in the vehicle. Explosive teams were called out to the scene, and K-9 units descended across the highway. Three different K-9 units all independently confirmed the presence of explosives in the car. Despite the dog’s alerts, no explosive devices were found during the search.
The FBI and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also present at the scene. The suspect’s vehicle was eventually loaded onto another truck and transported away for further investigation.
Further details about the suspect are being withheld until the investigation is concluded.