Rutherford County man charged in connection with Hwy. 231 truck bomb scare

Dec 28, 2020

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office says 33-year-old James Turgeon is being held on $500,000 bond. A hearing is set June 7, 2021 in General Sessions Court.
Credit RCSO

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  A Rutherford County man is under arrest following a panel truck bomb scare on Highway 231 Sunday.

Thirty-three-year-old James Turgeon has been charged with two counts of making a false report and one count of tampering with evidence.

Authorities say Turgeon played a message similar to the one heard just before the Nashville Christmas Day bombing from the panel truck he was driving.

The message was reportedly played first outside a church on Jefferson Pike while services were underway. It was played again at the Corner Market at Walter Hill.

Officers stopped the truck in Wilson County. A Highway Patrol robot searched the truck but no bomb was found.

Turgeon was booked into the Rutherford County Jail.