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Benson man arrested after device with 'explosive components' found in truck

Benson man arrested after device with 'explosive components' found in truck Photo: Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office

Updated: August 14, 2019 10:53 AM

A Benson man was arrested after authorities found a device with "explosive components" in his truck on Monday.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a report of a truck on the side of the road near County Road 41 and 37th Avenue NE, slightly northwest of Willmar. The driver was reported to have been sleeping.

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According to the sheriff's office, the first arriving deputy identified the driver as a 31-year-old Benson man. But, while checking his driving status, the sheriff's office said the man fled the truck into a nearby cornfield, and it was later determined his driver's license status was revoked.

During an inventory of the truck, the sheriff's office said an object with a fuse was located and removed from the truck. The Minneapolis Bomb Squad was then consulted and later came to the scene. The device was confirmed to have "explosive components" and was rendered safe at that time.

Willmar police located the man the following day and arrested him. The sheriff's office said charges are pending with the county attorney's office.

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