Police: York man dragged son from car, beat him

08/22/2014 1:52 PM

08/22/2014 1:53 PM

Police arrested a York man Thursday night after witnesses said he dragged his son out of their pickup and began beating him, according to a Rock Hill police report.

The man, 54, told police he had picked up his son, whose age was not listed on the report, at a Fort Mill bar, and the two began fighting on the way home. He pulled into the parking lot of a convenience store on Celanese Road.

Witnesses told police they saw the man grab his son from the passenger seat of the truck, throw him to the ground and start beating him. One witness then restrained the man until police arrived.

The man appeared unsteady on his feet, the report states, and officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. Officers conducted field sobriety tests, which the man failed. He was charged with driving under the influence, first offense.

The son declined to press charges against his father concerning the alleged assault.

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