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Reckless-driving stop yields explosive device

WEST VALLEY CITY — A Sunday morning traffic stop for reckless driving ended up with more than police expected.

West Valley police's bomb squad was called when an explosive device was found in the pickup a Utah Highway Patrol trooper pulled over on U-201 near 6500 West about 8:45 a.m., UHP Sgt. Doug McCleve said. The explosive was inactive because it was not connected to detonator devices.

Police also found a pound of marijuana and small bags authorities believe were intended for distribution of the marijuana, McCleve said.

The pickup originally was pulled over for reckless driving, McCleve said. The pickup's driver allegedly pulled in front of a semitrailer truck several times, causing the driver to brake. When the driver of the semi tried to pass the pickup, the pickup's driver allegedly wouldn't let her. The driver of the semi called police.

When the UHP trooper called in the pickup driver's identity to dispatchers, he found the Salt Lake man, 26, was wanted for two felonies, McCleve said. Troopers arrested him and the passenger, a 31-year-old Salt Lake man.