A Mexico man convicted of several drug crimes is sought by the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop Monday, leaving a Mexico Public Safety officer injured.
A failure-to-appear warrant was issued for Trevor Byran Pepper, 21, of Mexico on Jan. 25. Public safety officers attempted to arrest Pepper during a traffic stop 12:14 a.m. Monday in the 400 block of West Promenade. Pepper reportedly started to drive away. An officer, who was partially in the vehicle, was pulled approximately two blocks, during which time the officer’s gun fired, according to a department news release.
The department declined to release information on why the weapon discharged.
The officer fell from the vehicle, and Pepper continued driving east on Promenade. Officers and Sheriff’s deputies searched for Pepper and the vehicle, but were unable to locate him, according to the report.
The officer received minor injuries and was treated at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain. Pepper is reportedly believed to not be an immediate danger to himself or others.
The Audrain County Sheriff’s Department urged the public to not approach Pepper and to call law enforcement if he is seen.
Events relating to the traffic stop are still under investigation.
Pepper pleaded guilty Jan. 8, 2018 to charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance near schools, maintaining a public nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The sentence was suspended for the manufacture, distribution and public nuisance charges, and he was placed on five years of supervised probation.
Pepper spent 120 days in Audrain County Jail on the drug paraphernalia charge with credit for time served. His Jan. 25 warrant notes a $5,000 cash-only bond. A motion to revoke Pepper’s probation was filed Jan. 28 by Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger.