Horry County police report released in alleged deputy assault

Horry County police report released in alleged deputy assault
Cpl. Paul Abajian was dragged and injured during the traffic stop Wednesday. Source: HCSO
Cpl. Paul Abajian was dragged and injured during the traffic stop Wednesday. Source: HCSO
The shirt the deputy was wearing when he was reportedly assaulted.
The shirt the deputy was wearing when he was reportedly assaulted.

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - An Horry County deputy is back to work Tuesday after being injured during a traffic stop in October, according to the Horry County Sheriff's Office.

A Myrtle Beach woman accused of resisting arrest and assaulting an Horry County deputy has posted bond, according to jail records.

Bond was set at $101,000 bond for Kimberly Ruth, 52, on Thursday. Ruth was released at 10:13 a.m. Friday. Ruth has been charged with first degree assault and battery, resisting arrest and malicious damage to personal property.

The alleged assault

The sheriff's deputy, Cpl. Paul Abajian, said he attempted a traffic stop involving Ruth, when she attacked him, according to a police report. The traffic stop happened in the Watsons Riverside Community in the Socastee area.

Abajian told police the arrestee was inside her vehicle when he told her she was under arrest. Abajian said Ruth then started to move the vehicle. According to the Horry County police report, the deputy attempted to stop the arrestee, but she did not comply and shut the deputy's arm inside the car door.

The deputy said '[Ruth] "gassed" the vehicle and he was "dragged" violently down the road.'

The deputy said he couldn't retrieve his weapon because he was being dragged "on his gun side." The report states the deputy was able to retrieve his taser, in which he deployed the device but did not make contact.

Then, the deputy "knew the female so he was able to locate her at her residence." The deputy managed to chase Ruth to her house. There, she reportedly punched and bit him, according to Sgt. Jeff Benton..

During the alleged altercation at Oak Circle Drive, the deputy's radio channel was switched, according to the police report

An Horry County police officer responded shortly after, in reference to a deputy in need of assistance. The HCPD officer said one of Ruth's hands were cuffed, "the arrestee took her free hand and put it underneath her body, so we could not properly secure her."

According to the report, the officer or deputy couldn't control Ruth. "I advised the arrestee I was going to use my taser on her if she did not comply with our verbal commands. The arrestee did not comply with my commands but I could not tase her due to the fact the Deputy had control of one of the handcuffs. (He was unable release the hand cuff because the arrestee could have used it as a weapon) At this point we continued to go hands on with the arrestee," the HCPD officer states in the report. Then, his radio channel is switched in the altercation, according to the report.

Ruth continued to resist arrest, the report states. "After a couple minutes of struggling, the arrestee finally gave up and was properly secured in my patrol vehicle," according to the officer.

To view the Horry County police report in a PDF format, click here

The bond hearing

Corporal Abajian was unable to attend Thursday's bond hearing due to a request from his doctor to stay home and recover. However, Sergeant Benton stepped in for him, reading a statement from Abajian to the court.

In that statement, Abajian referred to the incident as "severe" and "deliberate."

The defense

Ruth's attorney, Regina Ward, explained she has worked with Ruth before in a non-criminal case and never knew her to be violent. She also asked the court to consider Ruth has no family here and owns both a business and a home in Horry County before requesting a PR bond which would essentially allow Ruth to walk out for free.

A secondary officer with the Horry County Police Department, disputed her request, going over once more the severity of the case.

Though understanding of the circumstances, Regina Ward feels there is more to the story.

"And of course there is a concern that an officer has been hurt. Obviously we certainly don't want anything like that to happen to our officers but as I understand, my client has um, her side of the story that hasn't been flushed out yet," Ward explained.

Since the officer involved is a member of the Horry County Sheriff's Office, an investigation has been opened by the Horry County Police Department.

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