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Washington man accused of attempting car bomb suicide

OATMAN, Ariz. (AP) - A man has been arrested after apparently attempting to commit suicide by driving a car rigged to explode off of a cliff in northwestern Arizona.

Mohave County Sheriff's officials say 55-year-old James Lyle Pierson, from Washington state, was booked Wednesday on suspicion of disorderly conduct involving a dangerous instrument.

Authorities say Pierson rigged his four-door sedan with propane bottles, gasoline and shotgun shells in an attempt to make the car explode during a crash. But the car didn't explode when he drove off a steep embankment Tuesday night.

Pierson survived and then walked eight miles from the crash scene to Oatman where he called authorities. He was taken to Valley View Medical Center where he was treated and later released. Bullhead City police bomb technicians later rendered the vehicle safe.

 

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