YREKA, Calif. — Officers with the California Highway Patrol stopped an Oregon man for reckless driving on Friday — finding handguns, drugs, and an explosive device in the vehicle, the agency said.
On Friday night, a CHP officer responded to reports of a reckless driver on I-5 near Yreka. The officer found the driver in question on I-5 southbound north of Yreka and pulled him over for "speeding and other vehicle code violations."
CHP said that officers developed probable cause to search the vehicle during the stop. A search reportedly uncovered three loaded handguns, two of which had been reported stolen. The officers also found heroin, methamphetamine, and supplies for drug sales.
"As the search continued, a suspected improvised explosive device was found within the vehicle," CHP wrote in its report.
A deputy with the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office responded and took the suspected explosive device for "examination and proper disposal." Agents from the North State Major Investigations Team also responded to assist with the investigation.
The driver, identified as 29-year-old Chad Curtis Loynachan of Tigard, Oregon, was booked into the Siskiyou County Jail on multiple felony charges.