ROCK HILL — A Rock Hill man accused of assaulting his mother last week punched a police officer in his face and then challenged authorities, saying he would go toe to toe with them, police say.
Police were sent to the Boyd Hill Community Center on Constitution Boulevard at about 12:30 p.m. last Wednesday after a 57-year-old woman called officers to say her son, Jody Phillips, assaulted her, according to a Rock Hill police report.
The woman told police she and Phillips, 33, were arguing inside her car as they traveled down Constitution Boulevard, the report states. Phillips punched her several times while she was driving until she pulled into the median and ran towards the community center to get away from her son.
Phillips chased his mother, police say, hitting her in the head and then kicking her after she fell, the report states. A witness told officers he saw Phillips attack his mother before he went back into the car.
Phillips would not comply with police commands, instead pulling a cigarette out of a pack even as an officer ordered him to drop the cigarette and step out the car, the report states. Phillips refused and began to light the cigarette before an officer reached into the car and took it.
Thats when Phillips punched the officer in the face and grabbed onto his vest, refusing to let go, the report states. The officer hit Phillips with several strikes to his torso as officers pulled him out of the car. A police lieutenant helped officers control Phillips and handcuff him.
Phillips told the assembly of policemen he would go toe to toe with all of them before he was taken to jail and charged with assaulting an officer while resisting arrest, the report states. He is held on a $60,000 bond at the York County Detention Center.