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MOUNT ZION — Police said they arrested a Mount Zion man Sunday morning after he performed burnouts in the road with his car and then threatened onlookers with a handgun.

The 47-year-old man was taken into custody at 11:55 a.m. and booked on preliminary charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

A sworn affidavit from Mount Zion Police Patrolman Jon Layendecker said police had been called to the 1400 block of Westside Drive at 9:45 a.m. after residents complained of a vehicle performing burnouts on the highway.

Layendecker said onlookers described the driver as being aggressive, giving them “the middle finger.”

“During a verbal altercation with a victim, (the man) brandished a 9mm or .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun and asked if the witness ‘Wanted some of this?’” said Layendecker. “The witness stated he did not point the firearm at him but rather had it in his right hand, outside the driver’s door, with the muzzle pointed down at the ground.”

Another witness had snapped a picture of the man's vehicle, including its registration, and police soon traced it to the man’s Mount Zion home address. Layendecker said the man admitted to doing at least one burnout due to his “clutch slipping” and also admitted flipping off witnesses. Layendecker said the man has a valid concealed carry permit and admitted he had a weapon with him in the car, although there was no comment listed in the affidavit on the allegations of threatening people with the firearm.

The man is free after posting $10,000 bond set by a judge; prosecutors had asked for $20,000. Court documents have him scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 13.


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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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