GILMER — Authorities are seeking a man who is suspected of kicking a state trooper in the leg and fleeing on foot after a traffic stop near Gilmer this morning, said Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark.
She identified the suspect as Sawyer Zane Lacaze, 19 or 20, whose last known address was Pittsburg. Lacaze, who is 5'10” and 165 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, was last seen wearing black pants and no shirt, she said.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Gilmer DPS office at 797-2753.
The incident occurred on U.S. 271 just south of Gilmer when DPS Trooper Brandon Love stopped a man for an expired registration sticker and became aware of narcotics which may have been sticking out of the motorist's pants, Dark said.
She said she believed a struggle ensued, during which Love was kicked. He was treated and released at East Texas Medical Center—Gilmer for minor injuries, Dark said.