DECATUR — Two men were arrested early Sunday after officers responded to reports of a weapon being brought to a party on North Water Street. 

A sworn police affidavit said members of the department's Community Action Team were monitoring the party in the 800 block of North Water Street about 1:55 a.m. when several people ran from the area yelling that someone had a gun. 

Officers were directed to the intersection of Water and East Green Street, where they found the two men sitting inside of a parked vehicle, the affidavit said.

The 23-year-old driver and his 26-year-old passenger were seen reaching toward the vehicle's floorboard area and were instructed by officers to put their hands up. After both men ignored their commands, the affidavit said, officers opened the driver's door and physically took the driver out of the vehicle after he continued to ignore them.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found a loaded Smith & Wesson handgun with a defaced serial number on the passenger side floorboard, the affidavit said. Police also found a clear plastic baggie with 15 individually wrapped baggies of field tested-positive cocaine in the vehicle's center console, the affidavit said.

The passenger told police during an interview that he knew the driver had a gun after seeing him with it, the affidavit said.

The driver told police that he didn't show the officers his hands because he was trying to find the key to the vehicle in an attempt to flee. He said this was because he wasn't supposed to be driving, the affidavit said, and that he didn't own anything in the vehicle and didn't know what was in it. 

Both men face preliminary charges of armed violence, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a weapon by a felon, manufacturing/delivering 1-15 grams of cocaine and possession of a firearm with defaced serial number. The driver faces an additional charge of aggravated resisting a police officer. 

Both men were held in the Macon County Jail on Monday in lieu of $75,000 bond. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office. 

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