McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

April 24, 2013

McCurtain man accused of transporting explosives gets 10 years

By Rachel Petersen
Staff Writer

McALESTER — A McCurtain man recently pleaded guilty to transporting explosives in his vehicle and causing a bomb scare and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Kyle William McCafferty, 31, was charged March 1 in Pittsburg County District Court with one felony count of transporting and possessing an explosive device. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, driving left of center and failure to wear a seatbelt.

McCafferty pleaded guilty to the charges April 17 and received a 20-year sentence, with the last 10 years suspended. He was also fined $1,045.

According to court records, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Shane Hackler responded to a car wreck on State Highway 9 on Feb. 12.

The wreck sent three people to the hospital and initiated a bomb scare, according to court records.

An OHP report indicates McCafferty was driving a 2013 Chevrolet westbound on State Highway 9 when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck two eastbound vehicles.

“The trooper (who) was investigating the collision found two small pipes about six inches in length in one of the vehicles,” OHP Capt. George Brown told the News-Capital in February. “He called in the bomb squad and OHP bomb squad responded. Bomb technicians took X-Rays of the pipes and they were found to be non-explosive.”

However, according to an affidavit filed in Pittsburg County District Court in March, the pipes were “pipe bombs.”

McCafferty “was transporting two home made pipe bombs in his car,” the affidavit states. McCafferty told the OHP trooper that he built the pipe bombs for fishing purposes, according to the affidavit.

The accident occurred less than a half a mile west of State Highway 9A, according to an OHP report. McCafferty was transported to the McAlester Regional Health Center, where he was listed in stable condition with multiple injuries.

Joe Mitchell, 81, of Stigler, was driving a 1995 Ford with passenger Michael Mitchell, 54, of Stigler, when his vehicle was struck, the report states. Joe Mitchell was transported to MRHC, where he was listed in stable condition with head and internal trunk injuries. Michael Mitchell refused treatment at the scene of the accident, the report states.

Also transported to the hospital was David Deweese, 73, of Eufaula. Deweese was driving a 1997 Ford eastbound on State Highway 9 when McCafferty’s vehicle collided with his, the report states. Deweese was transported to St. Johns Hospital in Tulsa and is listed in serious condition with a head injury.

According to the report, McCafferty’s vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic, struck Joe Mitchell’s vehicle, then struck a guard rail and then hit Deweese’s vehicle. The accident was investigated by OHP Trooper Shane Hackler, of the Pittsburg County detachment. Hackler attributes the cause of the collision to driving under the influence of alcohol.



Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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