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Armed Brooksville man assaulted officer, deputies say

Hernando Today staff report
Published:   |   Updated: February 11, 2014 at 02:22 PM

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BROOKSVILLE - A Brooksville man was arrested Sunday on charges of possession of numerous drugs and paraphernalia with intent to sell, possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon, assaulting an officer, and resisting arrest with violence, deputies said.

An arrest report shows Randall Morgan Pepevnik 24, of Tampa Street, was riding a bike in oncoming traffic near the intersection of Tampa and Alberta streets and failed to slow down or stop for a stop sign.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop, and said he smelt marijuana coming from Pepevnik, the report shows.

Pepevnik told the deputy he just threw a smoking pipe in the woods prior to seeing the deputy, and denied smoking marijuana or having any illegal substances on him, the report shows.

When the deputy said he could still smell marijuana coming from Pepevnik, Pepevnik then admitted to having a smoking pipe and crack rock in his pocket, according to the report.

The deputy went to place Pepevnik's arm behind his back, and handcuff him, but Pepevnik pushed off the patrol car and struck the deputy in the face and arm, according to the report.

Pepevnik then grabbed the deputy's shirt below the collar and pulled him down, as if to take him to the ground, the report shows.

"While holding onto him with my left hand I did draw my taser," the report shows. "(Pepevnik) surrendered."

The deputy searched Pepevnik and found a fully loaded six-shot H&R model 732 .30-caliber handgun, five small baggies of meth, a prescription pill bottle with .2 grams of crack cocaine, and a glass smoking pipe with white residue.

Pepevnik was previously convicted in Pinellas County for third-degree felony possession of alprazolam, the report shows.

Pepevnik was held at Hernando County Jail on $55,500 bond, the report shows.

Jail records do not show Pepevnik has been arrested in Hernando County in the past.

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