After meeting Friday, the Hunt County grand jury did not indict the man charged with dragged a DPS trooper in June.

Assistant District Attorney Steve Lilley said a no-bill is issued when the jury cannot find sufficient evidence to issue an indictment. Although he will not be charged for the dragging of the trooper, Mathias Benjamin Slaughter, 30, was indicted for evading arrest.

Slaughter is being held in Hunt County Detention Center on a total of $27,000 in bonds for the charges of DWI, evading arrest and resisting arrest. 

According to DPS Public Information Officer Sergeant Kyle Bradford in June, Slaughter was shot by a trooper after reportedly dragging the trooper with his vehicle. 

At approximately 6:30 p.m., a Highway Patrol Trooper made a traffic stop on a Chrysler SUV on the right shoulder of I-30, near Division Street, in Greenville, Texas. After developing probable cause, the trooper attempted to arrest the driver, Slaughter, for driving while intoxicated.

“According to the preliminary investigation, the suspect fled from the trooper and reentered the SUV and drove approximately 100 yards, dragging the trooper,” said Bradford. “During the incident, the trooper discharged his firearm and struck the suspect.”

Bradford explained that the suspect then crashed the SUV into the concrete barrier on I-30 and fled on foot across the eastbound lanes of the highway. The trooper then pursued and apprehended Slaughter in a parking lot on the south side of the interstate.

“The suspect sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment,” said Bradford. “The trooper sustained non-life threatening injuries from being dragged and was transported to a medical center for treatment.”

Slaughter was treated and released from the hospital when he was then transported to Hunt County Detention Center. The trooper, Bradford said, was also treated and released the same night.

The incident is under investigation by the Texas Rangers. 


Click here to read about his bond setting.


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