Man accused of detonating explosive during traffic stop booked in jail

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The 26-year-old man accused of detonating an explosive in his car during a traffic stop earlier this week has been released from the hospital and booked into jail.

Jason Schaefer is being held without bail at the Washington County Jail on a probation violation, and will appear in court Monday. Additional charges are pending.

Initial reports say FBI agents were serving a search warrant at his apartment on Rock Creek Circle as part of an explosives case when just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, a sheriff's detective spotted him returning home.

Investigators believe Schaefer intentionally tried to set off a handheld device inside his car during the stop.

"As the detectives approached the window, they were actually communicating with him at the window of the vehicle when he did detonate the device," said Sgt. Bob Ray of the sheriff's office.

Schaefer was arrested in April and pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of body armor.

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