DECATUR — Police say a 37-year-old man was arrested after officers found meth and a gun in the vehicle he was driving during a Decatur traffic stop.

Police saw a 31-year-old woman get into the suspect’s Chevrolet Tahoe in the parking lot of a liquor store, according to a sworn police affidavit. After the suspect failed to signal on two occasions, they initiated the traffic stop in the 1700 block of East Main Street.

When police activated emergency lights, the Tahoe abruptly turned into a driveway on the north side of the road, according to the affidavit. An officer saw the driver's-side window of the vehicle rolling down as the vehicle came to a stop, the sworn affidavit said. A Decatur police detective saw a baggie in the center console, which later field tested positive for cannabis.

The suspect and the passenger were both removed from the vehicle. A baggie, which held a substance that field tested positive for 56 grams of methamphetamine, fell from her lap onto the ground, the affidavit said.

Officers found a loaded Hi-Point 9 mm pistol with an extended magazine in the yard about 10 to 15 feet from the vehicle, the sworn affidavit said.

Police found a baggie in the vehicle's center console containing 56 green and orange tablets testing positive for the presence of methamphetamine, according to court documents.

The woman told police she had arranged to meet the suspect to buy $20 worth of meth, according to the affidavit. The man had a gun in his lap in the vehicle, then threw it out the window and threw the bag of meth at her, telling her to “do something with this,” according to the affidavit.

The woman told police she was scared and tried to conceal the meth inside of her pants, the document said.

The man was arrested and is facing preliminary charges of armed violence, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of 15 to 100 grams of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

All preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. Bond was set at $15,000, which he posted.

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