Truck Driver Arrested After Threatening to “Blow Up” Gas Station
Nashville, TN – A truck driver is facing charges after Tennessee authorities say he repeatedly threatened to blow up a Nashville gas station.
The incident occurred around 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12 at a Tigermarket convenience store and Exxon gas station, located at 2200 Brick Church Pike.
According to local news outlet Fox 17, truck driver James Dwayne Williams, 52, called Nashville Metro Police Department (NMPD) dispatchers to inform them he intended to “blow the place up.”
Members of the Nashville Fire Department (NFD) were first to arrive to the scene and requested NMPD officers also be dispatched.
NFD investigators described Williams as an “unruly subject,” according to his arrest affidavit.
NMPD said Williams had parked his big rig nearby on Hampton Street.
“You guys took forever to get here, just like they took forever to get downtown, so I’m going to blow the place up,” Williams allegedly told authorities.
NMPD’s Hazardous Device Unit and a K-9 team also responded to the scene.
However, after a thorough search of Williams’s tractor-trailer and the surrounding premises, no explosives were discovered.
Williams was subsequently arrested and charged with false report, incident or offense.
He is being held on $75,000 bond.
It is unclear at this time what exactly set Williams off.