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By Beth Zumwalt
A Pearl man was arrested Oct. 6 after a week long investigation. Tanner W. Reed, 26, Pearl, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of explosive or incendiary devices.
The Pike County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop on a Reed’s silver 2020 Toyota passenger car on Franklin Street at 11:35 p.m., Sept. 29.
The vehicle failed to stop and a brief pursuit ensued. The vehicle eventually pulled over at the intersection of Perry and Madison, approximately six blocks from where it began.
As law enforcement continued their investigation, they located a firearm, ammunition and home made explosives devices.
Tanner was then arrested and transported to a medical facility.
Officers then obtained a search warrant for Reed’s residence in rural Pearl. The residence was searched Sept. 30 and law enforcement confiscated a firearm, ammunition, methamphetamine, home-made explosive devices, and a computer were seized.
Reed remains lodged in the Pike County Jail. His bond has been set at $150,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 2
The incident remains under investigation and further charges are likely.
The Pittsfield Police Department and Illinois Secretary of State Bomb Squad assisted with the investigation.