A homemade bomb was discovered inside a vehicle while a police officer was conducting a routine stop.
On Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at approximately 11 p.m. Derrick Gann of the Lafayette Police Department conducted a traffic stop at Sunshine Market due to a vehicle, a 2002 black Ford Ranger, having expired tags. The driver was identified as Zachary Taylor Ward, and the passenger was identified as Robert Allen Carter.
According to the affidavit, after Gann received consent to search the vehicle he was performing a standard field sobriety test, when Deputy Tim Freeman found what appeared to be an explosive device inside the vehicle. The device had a detonator cord, nails, a 45 caliber round and other explosive components in it. Both Ward and Carter commented in the affidavit that the device was used for scaring coyotes.
Detective Shane Reed of the LPD stated, “The THP Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit was called, and they did identify the device as an explosive device and safely detonated it.” There was a Maverick 88 12 gauge shotgun in the vehicle as well.
Gann mentioned in his report that Carter admitted to have been drinking.
Ward, 27, of Westmoreland, was charged with prohibited weapon: explosive device, possession of a weapon while in commission of a felony, possession of an explosive component, driving under the influence, implied consent law, and expired registration. His court date is set for November 9, 2016 with a $7,150 bond.
Carter, 36, of Westmoreland, was charged with prohibited weapon: explosive device, possession of a weapon while in commission of a felony, possession of an explosive component, and public intoxication. His court date is set for November 9, 2016 with a $5,750 bond.
Reach Kelly Rich at 615-666-2440.