The Commerce Police Department has issued arrest warrants for a 42-year-old Commerce man who allegedly emptied a canister of pepper spray into the face of an officer the night of Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Brantley Kip Cowart, 196 Leachman Road, fled the area, but in a tussle with an officer — in which the officer also dropped his firearm — Cowart left behind his wallet, which contained his identification.
Cowart faces charges of felony obstruction, obstruction, attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer and battery on a police officer. As of Tuesday morning, he remained at large.
The event began with a traffic stop at 10:48 p.m. on Baugh Street. An officer pulled over a vehicle driven by Michael Troy Wilburn, 39, 265 Gordon Road, Commerce, for a tag light violation and failure to maintain a lane.