Man sentenced to 10 years after driving bomb into church

| March 4, 2011

NEWARK — A man who drove a van with a functional pipe bomb into a Licking Township church was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.

Dax W. Cantrell, 35, no last known address, was arrested Oct. 27 after he drove a 1988 Ford Econoline van into Vineyard Grace Fellowship Church, 4905 Jacksontown Road SE, with a functional pipe bomb inside the vehicle.

Cantrell was driving away from a Licking County Sheriff’s Office deputy, who attempted to serve him with child support papers at the Budget Inn, 176 W. Church St., Newark. He drove into her vehicle before fleeing the scene and crashing into the church, causing $5,670 in damage.

Cantrell told deputies there was a bomb in the van. Deputies found a 12-inch PVC pipe filled with black powder and other items, and called the Columbus Bomb Squad.|head

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