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"Ka-Boom" Stewart Goes to Trial


It's the best part of a Law and Order episode: the defendant, almost certainly guilty but unwilling to give Jack McCoy the pleasure of admitting it, tells the D.A., "Take your plea and shove it. I'll see you in court!" But one Idaho man, accused of blowing a hole in a southern Utah highway, apparently couldn't handle the drama of saying it in person. Neither could his lawyer.

Instead, an attorney standing in for the attorney of Travis Stewart, 31, of Rexburg, told a judge in a Utah 4th District Court that Stewart would take his chances at trial on charges of causing a catastrophe, reckless endangerment and reckless driving, according to a story in the Utah County Daily Herald. Police say Stewart was driving a tractor trailer carrying about 38,000 pounds of TNT on Highway 6 last August 10 when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to jackknife, roll, catch on fire and--not surprisingly--detonate. While no one was seriously injured in the explosion, it did damage several cars, start wildfires and leave a smoking crater in the highway.