Austin Police Department

Police identify suspect who made bomb threat after I-35 crash

July 27, 2018 - 5:21 pm

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- The man involved in a Thursday collision along Interstate 35 that shut down traffic in south Austin for hours told police he had taken Adderall pills and crashed his car intentionally because he thought there was a bomb inside of it, according to an affidavit.

39-year old Rodrigo Porras is facing a charge of driving while intoxicated in connection with the crash that happened around 10 a.m. Thursday along Interstate 35 near William Cannon Drive.

According to the affidavit, Porras admitted to officers that he had taken anywhere between 1 and 4 Adderall pills, after recent cocaine and meth use. He told officers he crashed his car into the center median because he thought there was a bomb inside. He also told police that he thought it was 5 p.m. in the afternoon when he crashed, and that he thought he was "in a video game" as he was driving down the interstate.

Crews worked for about four hours to clear any threat posed by two suspicious packages in the car.

Porras was transported to South Austin Medical Center after the crash with minor injuries. He's been booked into the Travis County Jail and is being held on $15,000 bail.

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