Report: Tour guide facing charge after slapping hand of carriage horse advocate

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A local carriage tour guide is facing an assault charge after police say he slapped the hand of a local Carriage Horse advocate.

Police say the suspect, identified as 39-year-old John Gordon Polk, stopped in front of 72-year-old Ellen Harley’s house.

According to a report, Polk shouted and honked at Harley because he was upset about a banner hanging on the gate to their driveway.

Authorities say when Harley went to take a picture of Polk, he slapped her hand knocking her cell phone to the ground.

The Charleston Horse Carriage Association released a statement saying in part, “The member companies of Charleston CARES strongly condemn this kind of behavior.”

They also said Polk should no longer serve as a tour guide in the City of Charleston.

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