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Wilson Way in Stockton closed after explosive device found in vehicle

San Joaquin County Sheriff's deputies found an explosive device in a suspect's car after a chase on Saturday, officials confirmed. The streets have reopened.

STOCKTON, Calif. — A portion of Wilson Way and Sanguinetti Lane in Stockton closed on Saturday after the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s deputies found an explosive device in a vehicle. 

Deputies saw 47-year-old Michael Thieman, who had outstanding felony warrants, driving in the area of Wilson Way around 3 p.m., department officials said in a news release. When deputies attempted to stop Thieman, he refused and led them on a pursuit that lasted for 3 miles. 

While driving away from deputies, Thieman sideswiped a parked vehicle before almost losing control of his own vehicle, department officials said. Sheriff's office's vehicles were damaged to bring Thieman’s vehicle to a stop, though no deputies were hurt. 

Once deputies stopped Thieman’s vehicle, he got out and tried to run away on foot, department officials said. Thieman was taken into custody after deputies chased him down, and he suffered a minor foot injury while he was running.

During a search of Thieman’s vehicle, department officials say deputies found an explosive device. The department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team responded to the area and removed the explosive safely. The department did not say what kind of explosive device was found in the vehicle.

Deputies said Stockton Police officers attempted to make a traffic stop on the same vehicle Friday night, and its driver did not stop. The driver led officers on a pursuit that was called off due to safety concerns. The San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office did not say if the driver was Thieman. 

Thieman was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of possessing a destructive device, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, possessing a controlled substance and evading a peace officer with disregard for safety and other charges related to probation orders and warrants. 

 Thieman is ineligible for bail, according to jail records.

#notinsanjoaquincounty Shortly after 3 pm, our deputies came across Michael Thieman, 47, who had outstanding felony...

Posted by San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, September 12, 2020

Original story:

A portion of Wilson Way and Sanguinetti Lane in Stockton closed on Saturday after the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s deputies found an explosive device in a vehicle.

After a pursuit, deputies took a suspect into custody, sheriff's officials said in a news release. An explosive device was found in the suspect’s vehicle and the department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team responded to the scene.

Sheriff's officials did not say what the explosive device was or when the incident took place. 

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