Report: Man jumps out of transport vehicle, attempts to choke officer

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have arrested a 25-year-old West Ashley man accused of jumping out of a police transport vehicle and attempting to choke an officer.

The Charleston Police Department has charged Ryan Matthews with assault on a police officer and attempted escape.

It all started early Wednesday morning, when an officer saw a commotion in the area of the Midtown Bar & Grill on 559 King Street. The officer said he saw Matthews yelling and throwing his hands in the air as two people were attempting to walk away from him.

A police report states that seconds later, Matthews got into a "heated exchange of fisticuffs" with two other people.  The officer says he then separated the victims and Matthews, who had a strong odor of alcohol coming from him.

According to investigators, as Matthews was being brought to jail, he told the transport officer that he could not breath. Authorities say when the officer opened the door, Matthews lunged at him and placed his arms around the officer's neck.

Police say Matthews was somehow able remove his handcuffs. An incident report states that the officer was able to get Matthews under control.

Workers at Midtown Bar & Grill told officers that Matthews had been kicked out of the restaurant after he attempted to fight a number of people.

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