OILDALE, Calif. -
A Bakersfield man was arrested for possession of a hand grenade in Oildale during a traffic stop early Monday morning.
On Feb. 18, at about 1:00 a.m., a Metropolitan Patrol Deputy conducted a traffic stop of a pickup truck near California Street and Washington Avenue.
Officials said during a search of the truck, they found a short-barrel shotgun and a metal military hand grenade.
According to the deputy, once the hand grenade was found, he moved a safe distance away and removed the truck's passengers from the area. Additional deputies went to the scene and isolated the area.
Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes for their safety and a Bomb Squad was then called out to the scene, according to officials.
Members of the Kern County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad arrived was found to be inert.
Officials said no one was injured during this operation and the truck was not damaged.
The driver, 27-year-old Jeryd Priddy was arrested and booked into the Kern County Sheriff's Office Central Receiving Facility on the following charges: being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a short-barrel shotgun and possession of the grenade.