DECATUR — A traffic stop led to the arrest of a 25-year-old Decatur man on preliminary charges of armed violence, manufacturing and delivering 1 to 15 grams of a controlled substance and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

According to a sworn affidavit, Macon County sheriff's deputies and Decatur police detectives saw the man's pickup truck traveling south on North Main Street about 2:50 p.m. Thursday.

The affidavit said sheriff's deputies pulled the man's vehicle over due to multiple traffic violations, such as a cracked windshield and aftermarket exhaust and because its registration plate had been reported stolen. The man had fled from officers earlier in the week when they tried to initiate a traffic stop, the affidavit said.

During the traffic stop, the affidavit said, sheriff's office K-9 MACO alerted to the presence of narcotics. Officers found about 1 gram of field-test positive methamphetamine during a search of the truck, and an additional plastic baggie with what appeared to be 16.5 grams of meth, a digital scale, 66 Ziploc bags, more than $80 in cash and a loaded .380-caliber pistol with live ammunition.

The affidavit said the man acknowledged to officers that he was aware of all of the items found during the vehicle search and was later booked in the Macon County Jail. 

Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. The man was held in the jail Friday in lieu of $50,000 bond. 

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