FORSYTH — A man meandering along U.S. 51 north of Forsyth on a slow-moving scooter turned out to be armed with firearms he was carrying illegally, according to police reports.

A sworn affidavit from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office said deputies had been dispatched to the highway Saturday evening after Maroa Police Department had put out a bulletin to be on the look-out for the scooter driver.

“(He was) heading northbound on a motor scooter driving at a slow rate of speed, swerving on the roadway and pushing the scooter with his foot,” said Deputy James Turner, writing in the affidavit.

When deputies found the rider around 7:08 p.m. he was sitting by the side of the highway at U.S.51 and Emery Road. The affidavit said the 51-year-old man was told to remain where was standing but insisted on walking toward the deputies. After he was ordered to raise his hands and lift his hoodie, Turner said the man told police he was armed.

“I then held both of his wrists above his head and, upon raising his hoodie, I discovered a pistol,” said Turner. “(He) advised of another pistol on his right ankle.”

Turner said a records check showed the man had a FOID card for the weapons but no concealed carry license. He was booked on two preliminary counts of the unlawful use of a weapon.

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