Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper William Davis could have joined the ranks of those patrol officers who have been killed while making routine traffic stops of dangerous criminals. But he wasn't, and what he uncovered instead when he pulled over Andrew Scott Boguslawski of Morris Hill, Ind. was four guns and as many as 48 explosive devices, according to a Madsion Press report on Jan. 6. And those recoveries from a Navy Seal training facility worker may have staved off another attack of innocent lives if the other items found in the car are any indication.
Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 43, now sits in the Tri-County Regional Jail with a $1 million bond as the result of not obeying the road rules in Madison County, going 85 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone after 11 p.m. on New Years Day. Of course there is also the fact that he told the officer he did not have any guns in his vehicle when he was first stopped, but one materialized between his legs when trooper Davis walked back up to his car to give him his speeding ticket.
Bumper stickers on the suspect's vehicle prompted the gun question, initially, according to the local prosecutor, since one sticker on Boguslawski's vehicle read, "If you can read this, you're in range." But the highway patrol trooper most likely followed the practice of his peers, which is to always ask if a gun is present in the vehicle when conducting a traffic stop. Asking can help save the officer's life, but answering them truthfully can help save the driver's life. And it can help prevent that driver from experiencing a more serious altercation with the officer later if a gun is seen or found in their vehicle during a search.
Officials don't know the motive for Boguslawski's armed travels, which is why they have made the bond so high. But they fear it has something to do with the schematics of a Navy Seals training facility in Indiana where he worked, and where he appeared to be heading back to when he was arrested. Boguslawski also had other plans for buildings at the facility, a remote detonating device, as well as a GPS system, camera, laptop and materials to make more bombs.
Boguslawski will appear for a preliminary hearing on Fri., Jan. 10. He was charged with one count of illegal manufacture or processing of explosives, which is a felony of the second degree.
Atlanta Top News Examiner Radell Smith has a degree in criminal justice and behavioral forensics. Follow her updates on this case and more by clicking on the subscribe link next to her name at the top of this article.