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Calera Police: Man facing multiple charges after suspected improvised explosive devices found in vehicle on I-65

Sheriff credits vigilant citizens for helping them find the vehicle
Published: Nov. 25, 2021 at 8:45 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 26, 2021 at 9:25 PM CST
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CALERA, Ala. (WBRC) - Calera Police Chief David Hyche said a person is facing charges of possession of destructive devices and DUI after two suspected improvised explosive devices were found in a vehicle on I-65.

Wesley Edwards Mills has been formally charged with felony DUI, open container, illegal possession of prescription drugs and possession, and manufacture, transportation, and distribution of destructive devices.

The Florida resident is currently at the Shelby County Detention Center on $46,300 bond, according to police.

It all started on I-65 near the Chilton County and Shelby County line. Calera Police said they got multiple calls of reckless driving and they were able to find the car swerving on the highway and pulled it over.

That is when Chief David Hyche said officers found two suspected homemade explosive devices in the car.

Hyche said they are still running forensic testing on the potential homemade explosives. He said they did call the Alabama bomb squad for help in removing the evidence.

Police do not know what the driver intended for the explosive devices, but with a large amount of traffic on the road for the holiday and because the devices were homemade, Hyche said this very easily could have been a deadly situation.

“When somebody makes something themselves, that is in some improvised container, that is the most dangerous thing us and law enforcement deal with explosives wise,” he said. “I would rather have an 18 wheeler truck load of C4 than four ounces of something somebody made, because it is totally unpredictable.”

The Calera Police Department released the information on a Facebook post Thursday morning.

In the post Hyche said, “Last night while most of us slept, concerned citizens reported a vehicle being operated in a dangerous manner on I-65 to Calera dispatch. Officers responded, located the vehicle, observed hazardous driving and stopped the vehicle. During the subsequent investigation, two suspected improvised explosive devices were recovered. The ALEA bomb squad responded and safely removed the devices and are assisting with the investigation. ATF was notified and is also assisting. The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office is working with us now and charges for DUI and possession of destructive devices are pending.

Again, without the help and cooperation of concerned citizens we are very limited in what law enforcement can accomplish.

We have no idea what tragedy might have been prevented by the vigilance of these concerned citizens.

Another reminder that officers never know what they are walking into on a car stop.

Great work and thanks to our officers and dispatch, ALEA Bomb Squad, Shelby Co. DA and especially the concerned citizens who took action.

Let’s start a trend of getting involved and helping instead of just filming and posting. (Chief Hyche)”


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