Police: Rock Hill man fought, spit blood on police officer at hospital

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 10, 2013 

— A Rock Hill Police officer suffered bites to his arm and blood spat in his face after a man wanted for an open container violation fought officers who went to a hospital to arrest him, police say.

At about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, two police officers went to Piedmont Medical Center to serve a bench warrant on James Lemar Clawson, 23, after his release from the hospital, a Rock Hill Police report states.

When officers informed Clawson that he was under arrest, he ran out of his room and knocked over a hospital employee, 29, who suffered an injury to her right wrist.

Clawson tried to open a door that initially would not open, the report states, but once it did open, it caused him to fall down. The officers tried to handcuff Clawson, who also suffered a cut lip, but he shouted profanities and spit blood on one of the officers.

Clawson was put in cuffs, while the officer wiped the blood from his face and realized he had two bite marks in his arm, the report states.

Police charged Clawson with assault and battery, resisting arrest and throwing bodily fluids on an officer, the report states. By Wednesday morning, he was still held at the Rock Hill jail, awaiting a bond hearing.

It’s unclear why he was at the hospital.

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