Trenton Swick, 46, of Imperial has been charged with a dozen felonies for allegedly shooting at three cars while he was driving along highways 21 and B in Jefferson County on Saturday night (Oct. 12). Authorities do not believe anyone was hurt by the alleged gunshots, but one person sustained minor injuries in the incident, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The three cars Swick allegedly shot at appeared to be damaged by bullets, and one car had a bullet hole in its windshield, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said.
Swick has been charged with five counts of first-degree assault, each one a class B felony punishable by five to 15 years in prison; five counts of armed criminal action, which are unclassified felonies punishable by a minimum of three years in prison; and two counts of first-degree property damage, class E felonies that carry a maximum penalty of four years in prison, according to court papers.
A 16-year-old female told authorities she was driving a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta south on Hwy. 21 at about 9 p.m., when she saw Swick driving erratically in a 2019 Toyota Tacoma. The teenager, who had another 16-year-old female and a 16-year-old male in the car, passed the pickup. But then Swick allegedly drove up next to the Jetta and shot at the car before exiting onto westbound Hwy. B. The three teenagers, who were only identified by their ages, were not hurt in the incident and called police just before 9:30 p.m., Bissell said.
Another alleged victim, a 57-year-old Lonedell man, told authorities he was driving a 2013 Dodge Dart east on Hwy. B when he saw the Tacoma parked on the highway facing north. The Lonedell man said he heard gunshots as he approached the pickup, so authorities believe Swick also shot at the Dart, Bissell said.
Swick then headed west on Hwy. B, allegedly driving into the eastbound lane, and as he approached a westbound 2017 Toyota Camry, reportedly shot at it before clipping the front end of the car. After the collision, the Tacoma ran off the right side of the road and landed in a rocky ditch, Bissell said.
A 53-year-old Bonne Terre woman was driving the Camry, and a 40-year-old Vandalia man was a passenger in the car. They did not appear to be struck by a bullet, but the Vandalia man ended up with a minor injury, Bissell said.
He said no injuries were reported for Swick or the driver of the Camry.
Swick was arrested at the scene of the accident, which was near Circling Hawk Drive northwest of Hillsboro. The Sheriff’s Office was called to the accident at 9:32 p.m., Bissell said.
Swick was being held today (Oct. 16) in the Jefferson County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond, jail records show.