Report: Drunk shoplifter attacks, gropes police officer

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 45-year-old man is behind bars accused of punching and inappropriately touching a North Charleston police officer after he allegedly stole items from a store.

The North Charleston Police Department charged Christopher T. Sanders with assault on police, public intoxication and shoplifting.

Last Thursday night, a police officer responded to the Dollar Value on 3421 Rivers Ave. in reference to a shoplifting.

The officer said she found Sanders, who police say was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol, on Pinehaven Drive. The officer said when she told Sanders, who was holding a case of beer that he had stolen, to put his hands on her patrol car, Sanders refused.

Authorities say when the officer put her hands on the suspect, Sanders punched the officer in the face after he dropped the stolen case of beer.

Police say the officer then grabbed the suspect and put him in an arm lock in order to put handcuffs on him. According to police, Sanders then elbowed the officer in the head.

Sanders was eventually taken into custody after a police sergeant arrived on scene and helped to subdue the suspect. The responding officer then placed Sanders in her patrol car and told him he was under arrest.

An incident report states when Sanders arrived at jail, he attempted to spit on the officer.

The officer reported Sanders continued to resist as she was escorting him to the door of the jail. At one point, police say the officer pushed Sanders against a wall in order to gain control of him.

Investigators say during this time, Sanders inappropriately touched the officer and said,"Ooh girl you know you like that."

The officer said she then pushed Sanders against the wall until jailers could take him into their custody.

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