Legal problems are mounting for a Basalt man who was involved in a domestic dispute this past weekend that turned into a bomb scare that involved several law enforcement agencies. A judge in Eagle County has issued a warrant for 28-year-old Dustin Brown on charges of manufacturing an explosive device, a Class 4 felony, and he may find himself in trouble with Federal authorities as well.
Brown was at the center of bizarre chain of events early Sunday morning that led to authorities discovering the device. Brown himself placed a 911 call to authorities after the domestic dispute resulted in a car crash on Highway 82 near Emma. Although Brown fled the scene, a woman driving the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The woman later told officers that Brown had manufactured a homemade bomb at their Basalt residence. Officers searched the home and found the device, which was later neutralized by a bomb squad from Grand Junction.
Brown was later arrested in Grand Junction on a nationwide drug warrant from North Carolina. He is currently locked up in the Mesa County Detention Facility. Authorities will be sharing details of the case with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Fireams as well as the FBI, to allow officials to decide whether Federal charges should also be pursued.