Police: Video shows wanted man taking sergeant hostage at jail

Police: Video shows wanted man taking sergeant hostage at jail

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have released video which police say shows a 37-year-old man taking a sergeant hostage at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Berkeley County.

The video appears to show Ronald Reid placing a choke hold on a female sergeant as he moves through the detention center. Later in the video, officers can be seen taking Reid and the sergeant down to the ground and prying the man off of her.

According to the Moncks Corner Police Department, it all started when Reid was pulled over by an officer for running a red light in the area of Highway 17-A and Carolina Avenue on the afternoon of Sept. 12.

The responding officer reported that Reid initially said his name was Ronald Chavis and gave a false birth date.

An incident report states Reid complained several times regarding the handcuffs and tried to walk away. The police officer reported he had to use a stun gun on the suspect twice after Reid attacked other officers as they were trying to put him in a patrol car.

During the ride to the detention center, investigators say Reid kicked the doors and windows of the police car.

According to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, when Reid arrived at the detention center, he was placed in an interview room where he was later found with his pants around his waist. Authorities said Reid had urinated all over the floor.

A female sergeant and a detention center officer then escorted Reid to the bathroom so that he could be changed into a detention center uniform. The sheriff's office says when the sergeant removed a pair of leg irons on Reid, Reid grabbed the sergeant from behind and placed her in a choke hold.

An incident report states as Reid was holding the sergeant hostage, he told authorities that he would not hurt the sergeant if he could talk to his girlfriend.

A deputy then offered his cell phone, to which Reid replied,"(Expletive) you get back."

Authorities say that after Reid refused the deputy's cell phone, the sergeant told everyone to get back. The deputy then placed his phone on a desk and told Reid that he was going to walk away so he could use the phone.

Investigators say when Reid looked at the phone, the deputy sprung into action, using pepper and grabbing his neck. The deputy took both Reid and the sergeant to the ground, and other officers then assisted the deputy and were able to pull the sergeant away from Reid.

After Reid was cleared by medical staff, he was placed into a restraint chair.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office charged Reid with taking of hostages. Reid also faces charges of careless operation, driving under suspension second offense, false information, resisting arrest and malicious damage to property.

According to police, Reid is also wanted by Dorchester, Berkeley and Charleston counties on numerous outstanding warrants.

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