By Mark Barnes
Sometimes you just have to wonder about a person’s ability to make good decisions. Melba resident Wade Hamilton McKinney, 22-years-old, is one such person. First bad decision: driving a car that has a potential to break down. We’d normally give Wade a pass on that one because anyone’s car can break down, but then the decision to drive it at night, on a holiday might be pushing it.
Around 9:30 p.m. on July 4, 2013, a Canyon County sheriff’s deputy pulled over to assist Wade with his broken down SUV on Highway 45 near Melba. After routinely checking his ID the detective discovered McKinney’s license was suspended. Wade’s second bad decision: driving with no license.
Then, after the deputy asked about illegal items in the car, another routine question, Mr. McKinney said there was a “pipe bomb with no fuse in the vehicle.” McKinney said that he was planning on detonating it in the desert. After all, we imagine he was thinking it was July 4 and what a better way to celebrate than blow up something using an improvised explosive device? Authorities do not believe there was any threat with this incident but score number three on the bad decision tally anyway.
You’d think that three strikes on the bad decision ballgame on Mr. McKinney’s part was enough to take him out, but no. His fourth bad call was that he was allegedly packing some drug paraphernalia in the car. McKinney was arrested and charged with possession of an explosive device, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without privileges. He may face federal charges as well as the case has been forwarded to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for review.