ROCK HILL — Two women were shackled at the Rock Hill jail after police arrested them when a bar brawl fraught with racial tension resulted in one getting drunk and running from police, and the other one assaulting a bouncer on Tuesday.
At about 11:45 p.m., police were sent to Empire Pizza and Bar on Old York Road where they dispersed a crowd of about 75 people who were in the parking lot, according to a Rock hill police report. During the fray, an officer noticed Leslie Collins, an 18-year-old Catawba woman, punch one of the bar’s bouncers three times in his arm.
An officer tried to place handcuffs on Collins, but she pulled away and resisted arrest until an officer managed to cuff her on the hood of his patrol car, the report states. Her eyes were “glassy and bloodshot,” the report states, and she had slurred speech.
Collins told police she and Fort Mill’s Lacee Wetzel, also 18, each drank a Jell-O shot, the report states. The bar’s manager told police that Collins and Wetzel argued with several patrons before he asked them to leave the bar.
A bouncer escorted them both in the parking lot, but the two women started to fight and Collins hit the bouncer, the report states. As officers pulled to the scene, Wetzel ran from the area toward Walmart, where police found her inside the women’s restroom.
Collins told police she and a male friend were outside the bar smoking when a confrontation started with another man. The argument escalated into a shoving match between both men after a racial slur was uttered. Collins told police she tried to intervene, but the man pushed her and grabbed her neck before she took off his glasses and threw them into a growing crowd.
Collins said that’s when another man, later identified as the bouncer, grabbed her from behind and she hit him, the report states. Wetzel told police she was the bar with her ex-boyfriend when an incident occurred with a man. She became belligerent, the report states, and would not give police more information.
Police took Wetzel and Collins to jail, where they shouted profanities and began pounding on glass in a cell. Police placed both women in leg shackles and charged them each with disorderly conduct and consumption of liquor under 21.