All indications point to the objects found during a traffic stop by North Newton police earlier this week as being bombs, the Harvey County Attorney’s Office stated Wednesday.
Stewart Reed Irsik, in his late 20s, was charged with criminal use of explosives. Chief Deputy Attorney Jason Lane said the charge was increased to a severity-level five person felony since the scenario jeopardized the lives of police officers.
The charge carries between 31 to 34 months of probation or prison.
Lane did not know what reason, if any, Irsik gave for being in possession of the bombs at his first appearance on Tuesday. Although, the attorney said “further testing” is being done to reaffirm initial reports of what was found during the traffic stop on Monday night.
Irsik was pulled over around 11:42 p.m. near the 7400 block of north K-15 after a North Newton police officer noticed the license plate and registration did not match. The officer spotted two cylinder objects in the vehicle that drew the attention of a bomb unit and resulted in a stretch of the road being temporarily closed.
The Arlington man posted $10,000 bond on Tuesday night. His preliminary hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 31.