Report: Rock Hill man with suspended license led police on chase, fought officer

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJune 2, 2014 

Archie Harris

— A Rock Hill man who faced arrest when police learned he was driving with a suspended license ran from police officers on Friday before he fought with an officer and was later placed in leg and waist restraints, authorities say.

Police at about 5:20 p.m. tried stopping a black four-door car driven by Archie Lee Harris Jr., 27, once they realized his license was suspended, according to a Rock Hill police report. Harris parked the car in an apartment complex off Lige Street and ran. Minutes later, he returned to the car and drove toward Heckle Boulevard, running a stop sign in the process.

Police followed Harris as he drove through a stoplight, turned left onto Crawford Road and then continued to Warner Street. He continued turning down neighborhood streets, the report states, before he stopped the car and ran toward the woods on Clinton Avenue. An officer grabbed Harris, but he pulled away and pushed the officer. The officer pushed Harris onto the ground and restrained his arms as another officer put him in handcuffs.

Once in custody, Harris dangled his feet and body out the patrol car’s door to stop police from closing it, the report states. Police bound Harris with leg and waist restraints as they took him to jail, where he requested EMS. He became combative again as police drove him to Piedmont Medical Center, wedging his legs behind the right rear tire.

Doctors medically cleared Harris, who later admitted that he fled from and fought with police to escape arrest and had been driving with a suspended license.

Police charged Harris with driving under suspension, failure to stop for a blue light and resisting arrest. By Monday, he was still held at the York County Detention Center on a $75,000 bond.

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