Police close state Route 512 to investigate bomb threat

Police closed a stretch of state Route 512 in Sumner for almost three hours Saturday afternoon while officers investigated the claims of an allegedly inebriated truck driver who said he had a bomb in his vehicle, the Washington State Patrol said.

Officers did not believe the man actually had a bomb when they closed the road, but they called explosive investigation teams from the Washington State Patrol and the Tacoma Police Department to inspect his vehicle.

“We do not believe his statements are valid, but we are not going to take any chances,” Washington State Patrol spokesman Trooper Guy Gill said.

Troopers arrested the man shortly after 11:30 a.m. on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Drivers had reported him acting bizarrely on the highway.

The man reportedly parked his truck on the side of state Route 512 and began walking onto the road, waving his arms and shouting to drivers that he had a bomb, Gill said.

The road reopened about 2:30 p.m.