CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police say a man picked a fight with cops early Tuesday morning after he was caught with marijuana during a traffic stop.
Ramon Antonio Caraballo, 29, of North Charleston, has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, three counts of assault on a police officer, and one count of throwing of bodily fluids.
According to an incident report, Caraballo was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for no tag lights at 12:45 a.m. in the area of Oswego and Cleveland Streets in downtown Charleston. When the vehicle came to a stop, the report states Caraballo exited the rear passenger side door and began to walk away.
Officers say they immediately smelled marijuana coming from the suspect's direction and ordered him to stop.
While searching Caraballo, officers reportedly found 14 individually wrapped bags containing a total of 18 grams of marijuana in the suspect's jacket pocket.
The report states police attempted to handcuff Caraballo, but the suspect tried to run away. Caraballo allegedly fought with an officer who grabbed him, and was eventually detained and handcuffed.
After reportedly finding another six grams of marijuana in the suspect's pants pocket, police say Caraballo kicked one officer in the groin and knee and a second officer in the calf before additional units arrived and were able to provide assistance.
According to the incident report, Caraballo spit on the neck and shoulder of an officer while being taken to a police cruiser. He was then transported to the Charleston County Detention Center.
The driver of the vehicle was released with a warning for the tag light.