An arrest has been made in a late-night bomb scare, which had shut down surrounding roads and a gas station for hours while law enforcement investigated.
Murray Paul Davis, 38, of Flowery Branch, was arrested in connection with the Dec. 22, 2011 incident at the Kangaroo convenience store in downtown Dawsonville. He has been charged with reckless conduct, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drugs not in their original container.
An off-duty nurse noticed a male passed out in a tan-colored Ford truck, said Sgt. Dan Ramsey, who reported to the scene. He continued to say that once a potential explosive device was found on the passenger-side seat, the convenience store and surrounding roads were closed off as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called.
There was a sticker on it that indicated it as an explosive, Ramsey said, describing it as a big sausage wrapped in yellow paper.
It was basically a big piece of dynamite, according to Ramsey, which would typically be used on construction sites to break up concrete. Police believe that Davis obtained the explosive from a previous job site.
Davis was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where several pain and sleeping pills were found in his system, including Xanax, Soma, Lortab and morphine.
We came to the conclusion that there was no malicious intent, Ramsey said, indicating that the suspect has been going through domestic issues.
Davis has bonded out of jail on $25, 200.