Radical anti-Islam preacher Terry Jones was arrested on felony charges Wednesday for transporting a trailer filled with kerosene-soaked Korans, Florida officials said.
Jones was on his way to a Sept. 11 event where he planned to burn 2,998 of the Muslim holy books, according to local news reports. He is best known for stoking Muslim anger by publicly desecrating Korans, sometimes with international consequences.
"My detectives had many conversations with Terry Jones prior to today," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. "He was told he was welcome to come to Polk County and express his first amendment rights. However, if he violated the law, he would absolutely be arrested and placed in the county jail.
"On Sept. 11, he arrived in Polk County, violated the law and our detectives arrested him and booked him into the county jail, just as he was informed," Judd said.