A 19-year-old Oakley man was arrested in Clayton late last night after police found a pipe bomb during a traffic stop, according to Clayton Police Chief Chris Thorsen.
Clayton Police officers made the traffic stop for a minor vehicle code violation on Clayton Rd. near Mtichell Canyon shortly before midnight. During a search of the driver, officers located a pipe bomb in his pocket, Chief Thorsen said.
Members of the Walnut Creek Police Department Bomb Disposal Unit responded and rendered the device safe.
The suspect, Joseph Nichols, was booked on felony charges for possession of a destructive device, Chief Thorsen said.