Lafayette truck stop bomb threat leads to arrest _lowres

Joseph Oquinn

A drunk man at a truck stop called the Sheriff’s Office in nearby St. Martin Parish Monday evening to report he’d placed a bomb at a Lafayette truck stop, prompting authorities to evacuate the business for an extensive search that yielded no explosives, officials said.

Joseph Oquinn, 55, of Parks, was “extremely intoxicated” when he called the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office a few minutes before 7 p.m., St. Martin Parish Maj. Ginny Higgins said.

Oquinn told dispatchers of “a possible bomb that he placed in the truck stop” located on the Evangeline Thruway, Higgins said in a release. Higgins did not identify the truck stop.

Oquinn was booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center on counts of terrorizing, disturbing the peace by intoxication, battery on a police officer, resisting a police officer and public intimidation.

The deputies conducting the search were helped by a bomb dog that sniffed the building, finding only an empty duffle bag that might have belonged to Oquinn.

Higgins did not indicate how long the truck stop was closed.