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."