August 12, 2014

Reports: Fort Mill man in stolen car lied, escaped patrol car, threatened officer

Police: A man arrested for an incident in Fort Mill will be charged in Rock Hill after threatening the life of a police officer while at the hospital.

Two people from Fort Mill have been charged with a number of offenses after a routine traffic speed check escalated into a confrontation involving an officer at Rock Hill’s Piedmont Medical Center early Sunday.

An officer was using radar on Sutton Road in Fort Mill when a black Chrysler 300 approached, going 34 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to a Fort Mill Police report. When the car’s headlights landed on the police car, it stopped suddenly in the middle of the road.

The car, driven by Latoya Cureton, 26, backed up, then drove forward quickly past the officer’s car, the report states. The car didn’t have tail lights, so the officer followed and checked the car’s license plate. It came back as stolen, police say.

Two officers stopped the vehicle and found Cureton in the driver’s seat and a man in the passenger seat. Cureton told officers that she was pregnant and having complications, the report states.

One of the officers recognized the passenger as Quanteny McConnell, who told officers his name was Chris Smith and that McConnell was his cousin, according to the report. McConnell, 30, had an outstanding warrant for larceny and Cureton had unpaid traffic tickets.

McConnell was placed in handcuffs and was moved to the back of a patrol car, the report states. But he was able to open the door of the patrol car and ran from the officers. After a chase that included use of a Taser that missed its target, officers struggled with McConnell, who fought back and bit one officer on the finger, according to the report.

The struggle ended with McConnell back in custody, complaining of a broken finger. He was taken to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, where he tried to spit at an officer and made threatening statements as he was detained, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

The officer injured his wrist during the incident, the report states.

The Fort Mill officer wanted to press charges and a warrant was issued for threatening the life of a public official.

McConnell was treated and released from PMC and taken to the York County jail.

Cureton, who also requested medical attention for her pain, was not pregnant, according to the Fort Mill Police report.

Both McConnell and Cureton are in custody at the York County Detention Center.

Cureton was charged with possessing a stolen vehicle, driving under suspension, failing to use headlights and failing to appear for a traffic citation. Her bond was set at $21,178.

McConnell was charged with possessing a stolen vehicle, giving false information, escaping custody, assaulting a police officer, petty larceny, reckless driving, open container and threatening the life of a public official. His bond was set at $223,300.

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