Lakeland, Florida - Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd held a press conference on Wednesday night to address the arrest of controversial pastor Terry Jones.
He was picked up on Highway 37 in Mulberry just minutes before arriving at an event were he told 10 News the previous day that he planned to burn 2,998 copies on the Quran, one for every person who died on Sept. 11, 2001.
"We consider this to be an evil book, a false religion, and very dangerous politically and socially," said Jones' follower, Fran Ingram, who was traveling with Jones at the time of his arrest.
The trouble started this evening when Jones was spotted at a Mulberry restaurant openly carrying his concealed weapon, which he has a permit to have in his possession.
A short time later, he spotted dousing kerosene into a pickup-towed smoker loaded with the Quarans he apparently planned to burn at an event at Lorcey E. Harpe Park in Mulberry.
"He was potentially driving a bomb down the road had there been a crash," said Sheriff Grady Judd.
The sheriff said he encouraged Jones to hold a demonstration at the park, but warned against burning Qurans because he did not have a permit.
"He had every opportunity to come here. We invited him to come here and exercise his First Amendment rights. We told him he can't burn. It's illegal," he said.
Jones was not the only person arrested after being pulled over.
Wayne Snapp Jr., who was in the driver's seat of the pickup towing the smoker, was also arrested and charged.
Sapp has been charged with unlawful conveyance of fuel and having no valid registration for the smoker trailer he was towing.
Jones has been charged with unlawful open carry of a firearm and unlawful conveyance of fuel.