Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to a domestic dispute on Trimble Hollow Road just before 9 p.m. issued a be-on-the-lookout for one suspect’s vehicle after he fled the scene. The man was stopped shortly thereafter by Adairsville Police Department officers in the area of International Parkway at Highway 140, Adairsville Police Chief Robert Jones said about 10:30 p.m.
Officers arrested the driver, with BCSO deputies arriving as backup. Once officers removed the driver from the maroon Cadillac sedan, they discovered a metal pipe with a fuse, Jones said. The area was then shut down until additional agencies could arrive.
Jones said the suspect was transported to the jail where Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were conducting interviews Tuesday night.
At 10:30 p.m. APD, BCSO, Bartow County Fire Department and EMS were on scene, along with a Floyd County bomb squad. Officials were awaiting the arrival of a bomb unit from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Jones said businesses in the area, which mainly consist of industrial facilities, were locked down and roadways were closed for safety reasons.
The incident in Adairsville was not the only suspicious package call emergency personnel received.
A woman traveling on a tour bus north on Interstate 75 caused a commotion when she requested that a fragile package be handled with care and not jostled, officials on the scene said.
The driver of the bus became concerned and called the Georgia State Patrol, who stopped the bus about just before 10 p.m. on Cass-White Road in the area of Old Grassdale. Troopers inspected the package, which was discovered to be electronic equipment.