'Destructive Device' Found During Traffic Stop By Lake Elsinore Deputy

Jail records show Chad Michael is being held on $50,000 bail at Robert Presley Detention Center and is due to appear in court Jan. 23.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station is reporting one of its deputies has arrested a Corona man on suspicion of transporting a "destructive device" early Monday morning in Temescal Valley.

The alleged incident took place around 12:30 a.m. when the deputy stopped a vehicle near the intersection of 23760 Temescal Canyon Road and Interstate 15.

"After contacting the driver, the deputy located a suspected destructive device," sheriff's Sgt. Bob Epps reported. 

A perimeter was established around the scene and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Hazardous Device Team was called in. 

"Bomb technicians confirmed the item was a destructive device and rendered it safe," Epps continued. The sergeant did not confirm in his report the specifics of the device. 

Chad Kevin Michael, 35, was arrested at approximately 3 a.m. and booked on suspicion of reckless possession of a destructive device.

Jail records show he is being held on $50,000 bail at Robert Presley Detention Center and is due to appear in court Jan. 23.

"The public is encouraged to avoid purchasing, handling, or using explosives or improvised explosive devices," Epps reported. "Any member of public with information about explosives, or improvised explosive devices, is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (951) 776-1099."

Diego Commuter January 20, 2014 at 11:34 PM
Yup Serious Sam-- this one is spooky and the LACK of info does not help at all. Hopefully a lot more details will come out on the 23rd.
John B. January 21, 2014 at 12:19 AM
Typically vague details coming from the Sheriffs and the Patch just prints whatever they tell them. A destructive device could be almost anything. Will we ever hear any details?
Jimmy Dean January 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM
Chad quit tweaking and driving around with flares at 2AM, thats insane.
TH Resident January 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Probably tanerite. A mild explosive that requires a high velocity impact (ie. a bullet) to dedinate. Basically, a playdoe like substance is created when mixing packets together. That tanerite is placed somewhere and shot with a high velocity projectile causing an explosion. Currently, I believe tanerite is legal to purchase. However, certain applications of tanerite ( making a bombs) are illegal. That's my guess.
spike January 21, 2014 at 02:11 PM
TH good guess. Either that or this guy was a pressure cooker salesman. :-)


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