Stateline man arrested in Bay Area bomb scare
February 19, 2003
Walnut Creek police arrested a Stateline man early Monday after a traffic stop and search of his pickup turned up an explosive device.
Allen Dale Clements, 44, was arrested about 3:30 a.m. next to a Chevron gas station in Walnut Creek. Police shut down a two-block area around the Dodge Ram pickup while their bomb squad examined the explosive.
The bomb squad detonated the device and the area was reopened to traffic at 7 a.m. Clements was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of being in possession of a destructive weapon, and selling and transporting an explosive. His bail was set at $1 million.
Police said the device was not a pipe bomb but did not elaborate. Two passengers in Clements’ truck were not identified.
Clements was arrested last month in Pittsburg after police said they found two small canisters made of aluminum in his possession. A bomb squad was called in to detonate them.
Officers discovered the canisters while responding to a fight Clements had been involved in. The fight stemmed from a dispute over space in a warehouse.
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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday that it has had no dealings with Clements in the Stateline area.
— The Contra Costa Times contributed to this report.