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Hazardous Materials Incident Response Leads to Arrest of New York Man - Highway 97 near Klamath Falls

February 5, 2014

An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic contact early Wednesday morning on US 97 near Klamath Falls led to the discovery of several unlabeled gas cylinders in a Dodge Caravan. The male driver was arrested on numerous criminal charges related to the unmarked gas cylinders.

On February 5, 2014 at about 12:49 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2014 Dodge Caravan for a traffic violation on US 97 near milepost 281. The trooper made contact with the male driver of the Dodge Caravan and identified him as THOMAS BAMBERGER, age 34, from Queens, New York.

Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of several unmarked gas cylinders within the vehicle.

Due to the uncertainty of the contents in the unmarked gas cylinders troopers contacted Klamath County Fire District I Hazmat Team. At approximately 11:00 a.m., members of Oregon State Regional Haz Mat Team 4 were able to determine the contents of the unmarked gas cylinders were not a threat to public safety.

BAMBERGER was arrested for Distribution of Equipment, Solvent, Regent or Precursor Substance with Intent to Facilitate the Manufacture of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of an Inhalant, Theft by Receiving, and Fail to Carry and Present a Driver's License. He was transported to the Klamath County Jail where he was lodged.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Oregon State Regional Haz Mat Team 4, Klamath County Fire District 1 and the Klamath Falls City Police Department.


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