Clover man charged with assaulting officer, threatening family

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comDecember 19, 2013 

— A Clover man threatened to rip off the head of a Sheriff’s deputy, warned him that he would be “sorry” and implied that he would harm the officer’s family while resisting arrest on Sunday, deputies say.

Deputies were called to S.C. 557 at about 3:15 p.m. after receiving calls about a possibly intoxicated driver in a Mercury Mystique, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. Deputies followed the car until it stopped in a driveway, and the driver, identified as John Darrell West, 56, walked out with a pizza box.

West refused to hand over his license to the deputy and told the officer that he had no right to be on his property without a warrant, the report states. The deputy asked West for his license seven more times before he placed West under arrest for failing to produce his license to an officer. West became angry, pulling away from the officer and telling the deputy that he was under arrest.

He told the deputy: “I’m going to knock you out,” the report states, and ordered the deputy to put his hands behind his back. He resisted the deputy’s attempts to arrest him. The officer drew his Taser and pointed it at West, commanding him to turn around and place his hands behind his back. West complied while cursing at the deputy as backup arrived. After complaining that his cuffs were too tight, West refused to get inside the patrol car and tried bracing himself against the car to push back against the deputy. The deputy struck West’s legs about four times, causing them to buckle and him to sit down int he car, the report states.

On the way to jail, West continued cursing at the deputy, saying that he could not wait to see him at Walmart one day. He threatened to rip off the officer‘s head and implied that he would harm the deputy’s family. He said the deputy would be sorry. As he was placed in a holding cell at the York County Detention Center, West began pounding on the cell door and shouting.

Deputies learned that the tag on West’s car had been stolen from Tega Cay. His license was suspended for a driving under the influence conviction, and he had also been convicted of driving under suspension, the report states. West was charged with: assaulting, beating or wounding an officer while resiting arrest; threatening the life or family of a public employee; driving under suspension; failure to maintain proof of insurance; operating a motor vehicle without a license; operating or permitting use of a vehicle not registered; receiving stolen goods; and habitual traffic offender. He was released from jail Monday on a $11,457 bond.

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