PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona authorities have arrested a man who was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle that had an inactive military ordnance inside.
State Department of Public Safety officials said 36-year-old Timothy Carpenter is facing one count of theft of transportation among other charges including outstanding warrants.
Detectives spotted the stolen SUV at a north Phoenix motel Wednesday and tried to arrest Carpenter, but he drove off, authorities said.
He later jumped out of the vehicle and tried to flee but was taken into custody, officials said.
When DPs troopers searched the SUV, a suspicious device was found.
A section of Interstate 17 was shut down for about an hour while authorities investigated the device.
DPS’ explosives and ordnance disposal unit responded to the scene and determined the munition was a non-explosive military device.
It was unclear Thursday if Carpenter has a lawyer yet who can speak on his behalf.