A 40-year-old Ohio man reportedly assaulted a Tega Cay police officer early Thursday morning, a police report said.
The man, Jerry Lowe of Pickerington, Ohio, repeatedly ignored officers’ commands and resisted attempts to step out of his vehicle during an incident around 1 a.m. Thursday, which caused one officer to physically restrain Lowe, according to a Tega Cay police report.
According to the report, Lowe was driving “excessively fast” when he pulled into a Kangaroo Express parking lot space next to an officer’s patrol car. Leaving his vehicle running, Lowe entered the store and went into the bathroom.
When officers attempted to ask Lowe why he was driving so quickly in a parking lot, he ignored the officer and walked to his vehicle, the report said. A gas station attendant told officers that she believed Lowe was drunk, the report states.
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Officers approached Lowe and could smell the odor of alcohol coming from him, the report said. When officers asked Lowe to step out of the vehicle, Lowe reportedly proceeded to turn up the volume on his car radio, the report said.
When one officer attempted to turn off the car and take the keys out of the ignition, Lowe grabbed his hand and wrist and started pulling on his right hand, the report said. Lowe dug his fingernails into the officer’s right hand “in an attempt to get me to let go of his keys,” the report states.
Lowe continued to physically resist officers until one officer drew his taser and told Lowe he would be tased if he did not step out of the vehicle. Lowe then left the vehicle and was restrained and arrested.
Lowe is charged with simple assault and battery, driving without a license and two counts of violation of city ordinance. Lowe was transported to the Moss Justice Center, where he awaits bond.