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Naked, drunk man claims he was forced to handle nuclear bomb, say Iowa police

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(CBS) IOWA CITY, Iowa - Police say they arrested a naked Iowa man Monday morning after he claimed to have been forced to handle a nuclear bomb. 

Authorities also say the man was drunk, and that no such bomb was found.

According to Johnson County Sheriff's Office criminal complaints, deputies were dispatched at 3:21 a.m. to respond to a report of a naked man, and found 41-year-old William Todd Bliss.

The Iowa Press-Citizen reports Bliss was "excited" and showed signs of intoxication, including bloodshot and watery eyes, and slurred speech.

Bliss allegedly told police that four men forced him to handle a nuclear bomb at his residence.

While deputies attempted to detain Bliss, he allegedly took off running and had to be physically brought down. Criminal complaints say a deputy was injured in the chase.

Bliss reportedly admitted to drinking that day and having at least nine beers and some vodka. He also reportedly told deputies he has a drinking problem. Police said Bliss had a post-arrest blood-alcohol concentration of .11 percent.

Bliss faces charges of interference with official acts causing bodily injury, an aggravated misdemeanor; and public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.



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