Camden County man charged after traffic stop, pipe bomb in car

CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. - A Camden County Deputy saw a tan 1998 Nissan Altima fail to stop at an intersection at State Road D and Tunnel Dam Road on Thursday at 3:00 a.m.

As the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver failed to stop and began traveling at a high rate of speed, hitting a mailbox at a residence on D Road.

The deputy made the stop and the driver, Joshua D. Crook, 31, of Camdenton, was arrested for driving on a suspended license. While searching the vehicle, the deputy found a scale and a white crystalline substance. As the deputy continued his search of the vehicle, he found what looked like an explosive device. The deputy backed away from the vehicle and the Missouri State Highway Patrol Bomb Squad was contacted.

The pipe bomb was rendered safe by the bomb squad.

Crook was charged with misdemeanor of operating a motor vehicle without a license, felony of possession of controlled substance $500,000 surety, felony of resisting arrest, felony of possession and transport of a weapon and misdemeanor of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

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