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Hospital, police go through violent ordeal with man suspected of attacking officer

The Summerville police car that was stolen last Friday is seen here after it wrecked. The Summerville police car that was stolen last Friday is seen here after it wrecked.
The suspect gets out of his car before fighting a police officer and stealing a police cruiser. (Source: Summerville Police Department) The suspect gets out of his car before fighting a police officer and stealing a police cruiser. (Source: Summerville Police Department)
SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

Hospital officials and police officers had their hands full last Friday when a man who attacked an officer and drove off with his cruiser was admitted to MUSC.

The Summerville Police Department arrested 38-year-old Arthur Lee Thompson last Friday  following a confrontation with an officer that led to a chase which ended with the stolen police car crashing into a truck and landing on top of a tree.

That incident was caught on dash cam video, which was released Thursday.

When Thompson regained consciousness at the hospital, officers say he became extremely violent, yelling at everyone that passed him.

Among the many things he said were,"You are all racist. Let me up from here and I'll show you what I can do."

Thompson yelled at one point,"If you don't get these [restraints] off me, I'm gonna hurt myself and turn this bed over."

According to police, Thompson then began violently throwing himself around on the bed in an attempt to overturn the bed. When an officer handcuffed Thompson to the bed, Thompson turned towards the officer and spit on his shirt, a police report states.

After being restrained by the officer, Thompson said he would not spit at the officer again and became calm. A police report states that Thompson told police that he smoked crack and was very high. He then asked police if he "made the news."

The ordeal with the police officers continued after Thompson was brought for booking to the Summerville Police Department. As he was being fingerprinted, Thompson began to say derogatory comments to the officers.

According to police, Thompson took notice to a female officer and said, "Look at the white female with her nice ***[...] Something about them white girls that makes me mmm [sic]."

Thompson then talked about a male officer saying, "Look at the little white guy...he just shoots people."

Authorities say Thompson then began talking about another officer and related him to the one that he had attacked.

"Look at that lanky white guy. He gots the same fear in his eye as the officer I took the car from," said Thompson.  "You should have heard that guy beg me not to take his car...he was like, ‘please don't take my car!'"

An incident report says that Thompson continued to talk about the incident going so far as to explain why he did it.

"Did I make the news? You should have seen how big that officer was that I worked. He was like 280 pounds," Thompson said."I stole that (expletives) car. He was begging me not to. The only reason I did this was to be on the news."

Finally, Thompson looked down at his hands while he was balling his fists and said, "I need to retire these things."

Authorities charged Thompson with strong armed robbery, failure to stop for blue lights, assault on a police officer while resisting arrest, grand larceny, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a crime of violence and throwing bodily fluids on a law enforcement officer. Police say Thompson has an extensive criminal history.


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