Cops: Mother, son behind bars after attacking police officers

Published: Feb. 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2013 at 7:51 PM EST
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JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have arrested a mother and son accused of attacking Charleston police officers outside a home on James Island.

The Charleston Police Department charged 31-year-old Damion Anderson with resisting arrest by assault on police and damage to real property. Cynthia Anderson was charged with assault on police and disobeying a lawful order.

On Friday night, a police officer on patrol in the area of Fleming and Hollings Road saw a car cross a double solid line. Authorities say the officer turned on his patrol car's emergency lights, but the vehicle continued to travel for a half mile before pulling over at the Anderson's home on Fleming Road.

A police report states that officers detected an odor of alcohol coming from the car and saw a large container with a brown liquid near the center console. When officers asked about the smell of alcohol in the car, the driver, 40-year-old William Backman said, "It's not mine, I just got off work."

Backman said he was driving his friend, Damion Anderson, to his home. Backman also said that he did not have a driver's license because it was suspended.

When officers asked Anderson for his identification, Anderson said,"Why do you need my ID...I didn't do anything."

According to investigators, after officers asked a second time, Anderson reluctantly gave police his driver's license and began to use his cellphone. Police say Anderson refused to stop talking on the phone and get out of the car.

An incident report states Anderson then leaned further into the car distancing him from police. At that point, officers say they attempted to grab Anderson's arms to pull him out of the vehicle.

Officers say Anderson "violently" pulled away from the officers causing a severe injury to the left hand of one of the officers.

Anderson then began screaming,"Momma! Momma!" while resisting.

Authorities say it took four police officers to handcuff Anderson. After being put in handcuffs, investigators say Anderson continued to resist and scream profanities at the officers.

According to police, Anderson' mother, Cynthia, then arrived on scene and shoved herself in between a police officer and her son in an attempt to stop the arrest. Police say Cynthia Anderson then elbowed an officer in the face.

Another officer said he then gained control of the woman and attempted to distance her from the struggle.

Investigators say as a police sergeant attempted to detain Cynthia Anderson, the woman refused and aggressively pulled away. A police report states Anderson then pulled her arms away from the sergeant and struck the officer in the face with her left hand.

Authorities say it took two officers to handcuff her.

During this time, officers say Damion Anderson violently slammed his body into a parked car causing minor denting and paint abrasions to the driver's side door of the vehicle.

Backman, the driver of the car, was also charged with driving under suspension.

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