Police assault suspect transported to hospital after jail refuses to house him

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say emergency crews transported a 25-year-old Walterboro man, accused of assaulting a police officer, to a hospital after jail officials refused to house him due to his "erratic" behavior.

The Walterboro Public Safety Department charged Christopher Lee Manning with disorderly conduct, third-degree assault and battery, obstructing law enforcement and assault on police while resisting arrest.

On Monday afternoon, officers responded to a home on Woodlawn Street in reference to a disturbance. Authorities say Manning had returned to a home where officers had responded to earlier.

Police say when officers first responded to the home, Manning was upset with his grandfather who took Manning's keys to his truck and trailer. When officers responded the second time, authorities say the situation escalated into a physical fight between Manning and the victim.

Authorities say Manning threw furniture around and assaulted his grandfather who had a cut to his arm and red marks on his arms, chest and face.

Public safety department officials say after officers arrested Manning in the kitchen of the home, Manning started to display "erratic behavior" and tried to head butt a glass table, and used his foot to brace the doorway as he was being led outside by police officers.

According to investigators, Manning head butted an officer when he was taken outside the home. A police report states as officers were escorting Manning to jail, Manning bit the same officer he assaulted in the arm.

Police say Manning was "so erratic" that the jail would not accept him. Manning was then transported to the Colleton County hospital by Colleton County Fire Rescue.

An incident report states Manning continued to be disruptive at the hospital and tried to spit on staff. Manning was eventually sedated and calmed down

Authorities then transported Manning to jail after being cleared by the hospital.

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