DECATUR — A random traffic stop in Decatur Monday led to police seizing an illegal handgun and taking the driver into custody after having to shoot him twice with a stun gun.

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said an officer on patrol had noticed a vehicle run a stop sign and pulled it over at 12:08 a.m. in the 1100 block of East Harrison Avenue. Copeland said the officer had seen the driver make furtive movements as if hiding something and that he “appeared to be nervous, his hands trembling, and appeared to be breathing quickly.”

The 28-year-old driver was ordered out of the vehicle along with a male passenger, 24, and the officer found a loaded, .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in a holster tucked under the driver’s seat.

“At pretty much the same time the driver tried to take off running,” said Copeland. “But the sergeant who was backing up the officer fired his Taser, which had the desired effect.” Copeland said the driver then tried to resist arrest again and had to be shot with the stun gun a second time before he gave up.

Copeland said the driver was booked on preliminary charges of aggravated unlawful use of an unlicensed weapon, resisting and obstructing police and disobeying a stop sign. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. The man was also wanted on outstanding warrants from Peoria and Logan counties, both for traffic offenses.

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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