Report: Drunk Rock Hill man assaulted police officer

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMarch 14, 2013 

— A drunk Rock Hill man wound up in the hospital Wednesday after he fought against and eventually kicked a 25-year-old police officer in the face when the policeman arrested him following an argument with family members, police say.

Van Thanh Le, 48, is charged with third-degree assault and battery and public disorderly conduct, according to a Rock Hill Police report. He was released from jail Thursday on a $1,260 bond.

At 11:30 a.m., police were called to a home on Lenax Court after a 32-year-old man said Le, his uncle, was very intoxicated and argumentative when the family decided Le should no longer live in the home with his mother, the report states. When officers encountered Le, he had a suitcases packed but was unable to maintain his balance, smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech.

A police officer called Le a taxi but, as he left the house, he began yelling at the officer and shouting profanities at the taxi driver. The officer placed Le under arrest and put him in the patrol car, but Le kicked both of his feet against the Plexiglas and then kicked the officer in the face, the report states.

Le continued to kick the policeman even as the officer pulled Lee out the vehicle, the report states. During the struggle, Le hit his head against pavement and suffered a small cut on the back of his head and on his left elbow.

EMS took Le to Piedmont Medical Center, but he was later discharged. Le apologized to the officer but he was still taken to jail.

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