Police: Teen fights Winthrop officer, rams car into fence at Pub House

adouglas@heraldonline.comJanuary 24, 2014 

— A 17-year-old Rock Hill man is accused of ramming his vehicle into a fence at a bar, running from authorities and fighting with a Winthrop University police officer on a porch after being denied entry to the Pub House on Cherry Road early Friday morning.

A Winthrop officer arrived at the bar around 1:20 a.m. to assist Rock Hill Police who were called to the Pub House in reference to a disorderly man, according to a university police report. Prior to officers arriving, the report states that the bar's employee had told police that the man was upset and backed his car into a fence on the property.

Once police were on scene, the bartender told them that the man had said he had a gun.

Police identified the man as Darius Jordan Aleen, 17, of Rock Hill, according to the Winthrop report. He is not a Winthrop student.

When Aleen heard the bartender, he starting running away from the officers, the report states.

Officers lost sight of Aleen and began circling the area of Charlotte and Milton Avenue, near Cherry Road and the Winthrop campus. A short time later, the report states, police were called for backup at the Pub House in reference to another disorderly man who had entered the business with Aleen.

Rock Hill Police identified the second man as Donnell Jermaine Conner, 33, of Rock Hill, according to a police report. Conner refused to cooperate with officers inside the Pub House, police say.

An officer had to use his stun gun on Conner while trying to arrest him because he fought while police tried to handcuff him, the report states. Rock Hill officers charged Conner with hindering police and resisting arrest.

Officers were then able to identify Aleen and find his address on Cedar Street in Rock Hill, according to the report. Around 2 a.m., a Winthrop officer spotted Aleen running down the road toward his house.

The officer chased after Aleen, according to the report, and yelled at him to "stop" but he refused. The officer caught up with Aleen on the porch at his home where police say he resisted arrest.

Someone inside the house opened the front door and kicked the Winthrop officer in his back while he was struggling to arrest Aleen, according to the report. The officer called for back up and later arrested Aleen on a charge of resisting arrest, the report states.

Rock Hill Police also charged Aleen with public disorderly conduct. The Pub House reported no property damage to authorities.

Anna Douglas 803-329-4068

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