Terry Jones Arrested On 9/11: Hate-Preaching Pastor Planned To Burn 3,000 Korans

12/09/2013 11:07 BST | Updated 12/09/2013 11:31 BST
Pastor Terry Jones speaks out on behalf of George Zimmerman at the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, Florida, April 21, 2012. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)

A controversial US pastor has been arrested before he planned to burn almost 3,000 copies of the Koran on the 9/11 anniversary.

Terry Jones was stopped by police in a pickup truck towing a trailer carrying a large grill filled with the kerosene-soaked holy books.

The 61-year-old, who has sparked fury with his previous plans to stage Koran-burnings, was arrested in Mulberry, near Tampa, alongside Associate Pastor Marvin Sapp - had promised on his website to burn 2,998 Korans, US media reported.

He was held on charges of transporting fuel illegally and openly carrying a firearm.

Violence has been sparked in the Middle East by Jones' previous stunts, including the burning of the Muslim holy book in 2011 and an anti-Islamic film.

"My detectives had many conversations with Terry Jones prior to today," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said, according to The Sentinel.

"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 September 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."