Police: Man, 73, assaults Rock Hill officer

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJanuary 2, 2013 

— A Rock Hill Police officer helping colleagues arrest a man hiding crack in his underwear was injured after tussling with a 73-year-old man last Friday.

Around 10 p.m., police patrolling the Hagins Street area stopped a white Ford Explorer after noticing its brake and passenger’s side lights were out, according to a Rock Hill police report. The truck pulled into a Morgan Street house, where police found four people and an open bottle of vodka in the car.

Officers frisked the front seat passenger, Tyre Hardin, and found a cigarette box filled with 18 grams of crack cocaine hidden in his underwear, the report states. Two officers chased Hardin, 33, after he ran while two other officers tried to control the remaining passengers, as well as several family members who came out of the house.

One of them was James McCleave, 73, who walked toward one of the officers and ignored commands to leave the scene, the report states. McCleave pushed the officer, causing him to fall into a room of the house.

During the ensuing struggle, the report states McCleave struck the officer in the eye with his finger. The officer’s shirt was torn and his radio earpiece broken. Other officers arrived on scene and helped arrest McCleave, who was charged with resisting arrest and damage to city property.

Police caught Hardin, charging him with trafficking crack cocaine, before taking him to Piedmont Medical Center, where he was treated for asthma-related problems. He was then taken to jail along with McCleave.

McCleave was released from jail Sunday on $28,000 bond and Hardin was released Saturday on a $5,000 bond.

The officer went to Riverview Medical Center for an eye examination.

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