Man tased, jailed after allegedly fleeing police on his mini motorbike

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(Mankato, MN) – A 38-year-old man is in jail for allegedly trying to outrun police on his mini-motorcycle before crashing the bike on a scenic trail.

Jesse Allen Pepper faces possible charges of fleeing police with a motor vehicle, 3rd degree DWI, obstruction, 5th degree possession, 3rd degree controlled substance, reckless driving.

Officers responded to a call on the 100 block of North Broad street early Wednesday morning where they noticed a loud mini-motorcyle or dirt bike, says Commander Dan Schisel of Mankato Public Safety.

The operator, eventually identified as Pepper initially stopped his Yamaha TTR Dirt Bike for police, who had pulled him over for multiple violations, including using a flashlight and having no tail lights.  But Pepper apparently became agitated with police after they had some dialouge, revved up the mini-bike, and fled the scene.

Police pursued Pepper with their lights and sirens activated as he weaved through multiple streets and even crossed a median on Main Street.  The pursuit lasted for about one mile before Pepper crashed the mini-bike on a Minnesota River Trail.  Pepper refused to comply with officers, who eventually used a taser to subdue him and take him into custody.

Pepper was booked in the Blue Earth County jail at 5:25 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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