KINGWOOD, W.Va. (WBOY) – West Virginia State Police have released additional information as well as the name of the man who is accused of making threats against President Trump and the Pentagon, which led to I-68 being temporarily shut down on Wednesday.
The man has been identified as Eric Charron, 42, of Kansas City, Missouri.
Troopers were patrolling the area of I-68 eastbound near mile marker 28 on Wednesday at 10:25 a.m. when they observed a black sedan traveling at approximately 130 mph in a 70 mph zone. Troopers then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, as the vehicle continued traveling eastbound at a reduced rate of speed, until it eventually pulled over near mile marker 30, according to court documents.
Troopers then made contact with the driver and identified him as Charron. Troopers asked Charron where he was headed, and he responded that he was going to the White House. Charron stated that he was running late to a dinner he was invited to by President Donald Trump, according to documents. Troopers said they did not observe any luggage in the vehicle. Charron went on to state that he had to travel to the Pentagon and meet with the leader of the Army to return a phone, according State Police.
Troopers said they asked Charron if he possessed any firearms and he told police there was a 9-millimeter handgun in the trunk of his car. Troopers then asked Charron if he possessed any explosives, to which he responded, “not a whole lot.“ Troopers said they then asked Charron to exit the vehicle.
After being asked by troopers why he was transporting a firearm and explosives if he was on the way to see the president, Charron stated he wanted to give them to President Trump. Troopers said they then attempted to open the truck of Charron’s car via the remote key, but it would not open. Charron told troopers that the trunk wouldn’t open probably because he tampered with the fuses in an effort “to keep the CIA from listening to him through the radio.“
After placing Charron into handcuffs, troopers noticed Charron’s pupils to be dilatated and asked him if he had used any narcotics. Charron admitted to troopers that he had smoked methamphetamine recently, according to court documents.
Troopers then contacted the West Virginia State Police Explosive Response Team and requested them to the scene. Troopers also requested bomb-detecting K-9 handlers from the West Virginia University Police to the scene.
While waiting for assistance, Charron told troopers he left his residence in Kansas City the previous evening and had not stopped driving. Troopers entered Charron’s address into GoogleMaps and discovered the estimated travel time from his residence to their current location was 12 hours and 53 minutes, which supported Charron’s statement of driving straight through the night without stopping.
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