Created: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 07:26:00 PST
Updated: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 07:29:38 PST
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Bakersfield man who pleaded guilty to prank calling his sister, saying there was a bomb in her car -- prompting a shut down of Interstate 15 near Miramar Way last Thanksgiving Day -- was scheduled to be sentenced at the downtown courthouse Tuesday.
Victor Diaz's sister called for help the afternoon of Nov. 28 after she received an anonymous phone call from someone who claimed he had put a bomb in her vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol. She then pulled onto the center divider on northbound Interstate 15 south of Miramar Way and requested assistance, authorities said.
Responding CHP officers shut down both sides of the freeway -- the southbound lanes at Miramar Way, and the northbound lanes at state Route 52 -- for the remainder of the afternoon.
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department's bomb squad and CHP explosive-detecting dogs were called in to examine the vehicle and later said they determined the defendant was responsible for the threat.
Investigators later tracked down Diaz and he admitted to making the prank call, CHP officials said. Diaz was then arrested on suspicion of making the threat and falsely reporting planting the explosive -- both felonies, according to the CHP and jail records.