ST. GEORGE, S.C. (WCBD) – A town councilman in St. George has been charged with assault and battery on an officer following a traffic stop Saturday evening.
According to Chief Brett Camp with the St. George Police Department, an officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle that had been reported to law enforcement following an altercation with a McDonalds employee.
While determining details about what had taken place at the fast food restaurant, the driver’s husband, St. George Town Councilman Ralph Martino, arrived at the scene and began asking questions and the officer explained why he made the traffic stop on his wife, Mrs. Martino.
As the officer awaited the arrival of a second officer, Mr. Martino started to become very agitated and impatient. On the fourth approach to the patrol car, Chief Camp stated Mr. Martino knocked on the driver’s side window with some aggression.
As the Officer was exiting the patrol vehicle he had to ask Mr. Martino to back up. Mr. Martino then yelled, “Are you going to shoot me, mother[expletive]?“
As the officer went to detain Mr. Martino, he pushed the officer in his chest, causing the officer to lose his balance — a brief struggle ensued before Mr. Martino was arrested and placed in the back of the patrol car.
During this incident, Chief Camp said Mr. Martino attempted to use his position as a Town Council Member to intimidate the officers that were on the scene.
Mr. Martino was charged with Assault and Battery 3rd Degree and transported to the Dorchester County Detention Center.
There is no word on what incident occurred at the McDonalds. Count on us for updates as they become available.