Trucker arrested in Florida, claimed he was 'headed to Donald Trump with bombs'

Posted at 8:12 PM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 20:32:34-05

A truck driver from Rhode Island was arrested this weekend after deputies in North Florida said he made threats and told a 911 operator that he was "headed to Donald Trump with bombs."

According to the Columbia County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office, 911 received a call in the early-morning hours around midnight this past Saturday from the trucker, later identified as 37-year-old Ausarmaat Rahotep.

While on the phone with the 911 operator, the sheriff's office said Rahotep made the threats against the president and indicated he had explosions in his possession.

The 911 operator was able to learn that the man was in a large truck and believed it was parked along the interstate.  Deputies, the Florida Highway Patrol and other agencies began checking the interstates.

A deputy later found a white semi-tractor trailer on the shoulder along northbound Interstate 75.

The sheriff's office said the deputy activated his emergency lights and the truck drove off heading northbound.

As the deputies followed the truck with their lights and sirens on, they said Rahotep began weaving back-and forth across all northbound lanes.

The truck eventually pulled into an agricultural inspection station on I-75 in Hamilton County (Fla.), where Rahotep was arrested.

The sheriff's office said since there was a threat of explosives, a Valdosta, Ga., police explosives detection K-9 team responded and checked the truck and trailer.

No explosives were located, and the trailer was found to be hauling only pool construction materials.

Rahotep was arrested on charges of reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude and making threats against elected officials.

He is being held in Columbia County with no bond while law enforcement continue to investigate.