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Man claiming to have bomb shuts down highway

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SUMNER, Wash. — Washington State Patrol shut down SR 167 for more than two hours on Saturday, after a man claimed to have an explosive device inside the cab of his semi-truck.

Troopers say the man was running out into the road and yelling at other drivers that he had a bomb, close to Sumner city limits.

He also appeared to be “heavily under the influence.”

Investigators did not believe his threats had merit, but deployed the bomb squad as a precaution.

The police activity lead to heavy traffic backups, with detours put in place for southbound lanes of SR 167 and eastbound lanes of SR 512.

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All lanes have since reopened and traffic is flowing normally.

The suspect has been arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs.