Drunken suspect falls, charges at police

Rolland Thomas (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Rolland Thomas (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A scuffle with police Sunday night has landed one man in jail, facing serious assault charges for his alleged attack on officers of the law.

The incident report obtained from Myrtle Beach Police states that officers were called to the 200 block of Chester Street on Sunday where a man was reportedly out of control, and banging on the doors in that apartment building.

That man, identified as 40-year-old Rolland Curtis Thomas Jr. of Myrtle Beach, was yelling, cursing and drinking from a 1.75 liter of bourbon on the third floor of the building when the first officer arrived on scene.

The report states Thomas was covered in blood, with a black eye and swollen face. Officers commented in the report that he may have bitten his tongue.

Due to his intoxicated state, officers determined Thomas' injuries were likely caused by a fall. A witness reported speaking to Thomas before he snapped, and noted that he was uninjured at the time.

Officers had not planned to arrest Thomas in his intoxicated state, but were going to charge him after he agreed to be transported by an ambulance for treatment.

As he was boarding the ambulance, Thomas allegedly turned and began charging at the police officers, yelling, "[Expletive] you! I'm going to [expletive] you."

After being tased, Thomas was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

One male victim came forward and said Thomas tried to force his way into his apartment, also occupied by the victim's wife and four children. Officers did note minor marks on the victim's face reportedly caused by Thomas.

Booking records show he was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center Tuesday afternoon. He has been charged with three counts of assault on a police officer, assault and battery, public intoxication, trespass, breach of the peace and resisting arrest.

His bond has been set at $4,587.

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