Teacher accused of resisting arrest, drinking beer in front of cops

Patricia Franks-Martin is on leave after being arrested Friday night (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Patricia Franks-Martin is on leave after being arrested Friday night (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) A teacher with Horry County Schools has been placed on leave after she was reportedly tased while refusing to listen to Horry County officers Friday night.

According to a police report obtained by WMBF News, officers were patrolling in the Dog Bluff area of Horry County around 10 p.m. when they saw a white Ford Explorer traveling south on Dog Bluff Road.

After a check of the license plate, it was discovered that the plates were suspended as well as expired. According to the report, the driver did not stop once a traffic stop was initiated until he got to a home along Dog Bluff Road.

As officers spoke with the driver about the suspension, a passenger in the car, Patricia Franks-Martin, 43, of Galivants Ferry reportedly got out of the car and wanted to know why officers ran the vehicle license, which she owned.

At that time, officers asked for Franks-Martin's driver's license so a citation could be issued for failure to surrender suspended vehicle license. She then allegedly became irate and refused to hand over her license.

According to the report, officers attempted to calm Franks-Martin down but she continued to yell and use profanity. "[Franks-Martin] even started drinking a beer while we were on scene, but put it down," the report stated.

Officers then said they saw two open containers of beer on the front passenger side floorboard of the car, and Franks-Martin allegedly told them to write her a ticket for open container.

When officers asked her to turn around, she told them they weren't going to arrest her and began walking away, the report said.

She was again told to turn around but then reportedly stated "you'll have to shoot me before you arrest me" and continued to walk away. At that time, officers said they felt it necessary to deploy a taser at her.

Franks-Martin was reportedly struck in the mid and lower back area and was taken into custody without further incident, apologizing.

Franks-Martin has been charged with failure to surrender suspended vehicle license, open container of beer in a vehicle and resisting arrest.

Teal Britton, spokeswoman for Horry County Schools, confirmed to WMBF News that Franks-Martin is a teacher at Conway Middle School. As of Monday, she was placed on administrative leave.

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