UPDATE: Man accused of threatening President Trump and Pentagon sentenced for incident that closed I-68 for hours

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KINGWOOD, W. Va. (WDTV) -- UPDATE 5/1/19 2:20 PM
A man accused of trying to kill President Trump and blow up the Pentagon has pleaded guilty to reckless driving and possessing a gun.

Eric Charron, of Missouri, was arrested in March on I-68 in Preston County. He was pulled over by state police after he was clocked going 130 miles per hour.

Charron told police that he was invited to dinner by President Donald Trump and was running late. Charron also said that he also had to go to the Pentagon and meet with the leader of the Army to return a phone.

He told police that he had a 9mm gun inside the trunk of his car. When asked if he had any explosives in the car, Charron said, "not a whole lot".

Troopers found a 9mm handgun, 300 rounds of ammunition and an unknown weight of gunpowder in the trunk of the car.

Myers was sentenced to 90 days for each charge that will be served concurrently. He was also credited the 36 days he served while waiting for his trial.

UPDATE 3/28/2019 1:30 PM

The man detained after an incident Wednesday on I-68 in Preston County that backed up traffic for hours has been charged.

According to the criminal complaint, Eric Charron, 42, of Kansas City, Missouri is charged with reckless driving and prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, Charron was clocked by law enforcement driving 130 mph in a black Mazda 6.

West Virginia State Police conducted a traffic stop near mile-marker 30 in the eastbound lanes.

According to the complaint, the trooper made contact with Charron who allegedly said he was on his way to the White House. Charron told the trooper that he was invited to dinner by President Donald Trump and was running late. Charron also said that he also had to go to the Pentagon and meet with the leader of the Army to return a phone.

Charron told the trooper that he had a 9mm gun inside the trunk of his car. The trooper then asked Charron if he had any explosives in the car, he told the trooper "not a whole lot". Charron then told the trooper that he wanted to give the explosives and handgun to President Trump.

According to the criminal complaint, Charron admitted to recently smoking meth.

In the trunk, troopers found a 9mm handgun, 300 rounds of ammunition and an unknown weight of gunpowder. Troopers also found handwritten manuscripts from Charron ranging from time travel, levitating watercraft and mythical creatures such as the Chupacabra.

The full criminal complaint is attached to the right of your screen.


UPDATE 3/27/2019 7:30 PM
According to a press release from the West Virginia State Police, the detainee was stopped for going over 130 mph and although K-9s initially detected explosives, none turned up in vehicle search.

The press release indicated that the original stop was made at approximately 10:30 a.m. where a State Trooper First Class D. W. Satterfield saw a gray sedan with Missouri plates driving at more than 130 miles per hour and stopped it at around mile marker 30.

Satterfiled says the 42-year-old driver appeared to be confused and was making concerning statements, which led the trooper to believe that an explosive device could have been in the man's car.

The driver was then detained and all lanes on I-68 were shutdown for "safety concerns."

Three explosives-detecting dogs were then deployed and all according to the release, all three indicated a presence of explosive materials were in the car.

West Virginia state police Explosives Response Team members then conducted their own search and found no explosives were found.

The incident remains under investigation with the help of the FBI, ATF and Secret Service.

The interstate was closed for three and a half hours. The vehicle was removed from the scene and about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

UPDATE 3/27/2019 3:51 PM
According to West Virginia State Police captain Shallon Oglesby, troopers have detained a man who was threatening to kill President Trump and blow up the Pentagon.

Oglesby says a search of the vehicle turned up a firearm and black powder.

The 42-year-old man was originally stopped for a speeding violation. No other identifying information about the man has been released.

West Virginia State Police and the FBI are investigating, along with the Secret Service.

All lanes of Interstate 68 have been reopened as of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

UPDATE 3/27/2019 2:28 PM
According to Maryland State Police I-68 is now open.

UPDATE 3/27/2019 1:35 PM
According to Captain Shallon Oglesby with West Virginia State Police, a traffic stop was initiated at around 10:30 Wednesday morning.

The vehicle was pulled over for speeding eastbound in Preston County. During the stop, it was determined that a more in-depth investigation was required, which resulted in shutting down the interstate.

The investigation is still ongoing and the interstate is expected to be shut down for quite a while.

A spokeswoman for the FBI has confirmed that FBI investigators are assisting in the investigation and are on scene.

We have a crew at the scene and we will continue to bring you the latest information once we have it.

UPDATE 3/27/2019 1:00 PM

Detours are being set up on I-68 due to 'police activity'.

According to Maryland State Police, the westbound lanes will be closed for an extended period of time on Wednesday. Detours are set up on at exit 14 and exit 4 in the westbound lane. Trucks must exit at exit 14.

Our crews at the scene tell us drivers heading east are begin rerouted at the Bruceton Mills exit.

We're still working to find the cause of closure.

We have a crew at the scene and will bring you the latest information once we have it.


ORIGINAL STORY 3/27/2019 11:00 AM

All lanes of Interstate 68 in Preston County are closed.

According to WV511.org, the lanes are closed at mile marker 30 due to police activity.

No other information is available at this time, but we are working to get more details.

Stick with 5 News for the latest updates.




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