A 52-year-old Encino man pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon on criminal charges related to three pipe bombs found during a routine traffic stop of his vehicle, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
David Patton was charged with three felony counts of possession of a destructive device on a public street or highway and one felony count of transportation of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, according to Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney of the Target Crimes Division.
He entered a not guilty plea in San Fernando Superior Court, a DA’s office spokesman said.
Patton was pulled over Wednesday afternoon and stopped in a gas station at Devonshire Street and Reseda Boulevard in Northridge.
He appeared to be acting under the influence of narcotics, police said Wednesday. When officers took him into custody, they found a pipe bomb on the floorboard between his legs, LAPD Capt. Stephen Carmona said.
The discovery at about 12:30 p.m. prompted police to evacuate nearby businesses and homes and shut down area roadways. Traffic was backed up throughout Northridge through the evening commute.
A bomb squad responded and detonated the device. A search of the vehicle turned up two additional pipe bombs, the DA’s office stated.
If convicted as charged, Patton faces up to six years and eight months in jail. He was being held on $530,000 bail.