Suspicious device found in DUI suspect's truck - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Suspicious device found in DUI suspect's truck

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A suspected drunken driver is behind bars and he could face more than just DUI charges after police found a suspicious device in his truck.

The 52-year-old was pulled over in his 2008 Toyota Tundra for speeding around 6:30 a.m. Sunday near the Interstate 5 and 805 split near Del Mar.

The suspect has been identified as Charles Fouquette and is being held at the San Diego jail and relatives told CBS News 8 that he has a history of mental illness and possibly drug problems.

San Diego police say the man behind the wheel, Charles Fouquette was drunk and he was speeding. As they searched his truck they say they discovered a suspicious device believed to be an explosive inside.

The California Highway Patrol immediately shut down several lanes of the freeway. One driver said traffic was so bad on I-5 that drivers were getting out of their cars.

The San Diego Sheriff's Department's bomb squad, the Metro Arson Strike Team, ATF agents and a FBI's special agent bomb technicians all arrived on scene to carefully dispose of the device. It's unclear exactly what it was made of or what Fouquette planned to do with it.

Fouquette's relatives also told CBS News 8 he lives in Torrance with his longtime girlfriend and has been on medication for mental health issues in the past. Relatives also say Fouquette has been known not take his medication like he's supposed to and they have no idea why he would've had a device like that in his truck.

Fouquette was booked on charges of DUI and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol while being on probation for driving under the influence.

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.