Cops: Man arrested for vandalizing Ravenel bridge claimed to be dying

Published: Oct. 4, 2013 at 9:00 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2013 at 9:39 PM EDT
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MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A police report states an EMS crew responded to the Arthur Ravenel Bridge after a man accused of vandalizing the bridge claimed to be dying.

On Thursday night, a Charleston police officer responded to the Ravenel Bridge in reference to a man vandalizing the bridge.

When the officer arrived at the bridge, he was flagged down by a concerned citizen who described the suspect and told the officer of his location.

The officer then caught up with the suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Christian Phillips Dobson. The officer said when he stopped Dobson and told him citizens had reported that he had vandalized the bridge, Dobson said,"I was only doodling."

A police report states officers located the graffiti on the bridge, and found a black Sharpie in Dobson's left pocket.

Authorities say once Dobson was in custody, he began to complain of pain and "drastically changed the way he moved." The responding officer said when he first observed the suspect, Dobson was casually walking over the bridge without any visible distress or strain.

According to police, after Dobson was told he was under arrest, he began to claim he "was dying and unable to move his legs" without help in order to get in and out of a police car. EMS then responded the scene and cleared Dobson to be transported to jail.

Police say as officers were transporting Dobson to jail, he asked authorities if he could be released and said,"I'm sorry but I was only doodling, I can wipe it off."

A CPD police report states several times during the drive to jail, Dobson said,"Officer Silent Treatmen, I'm sorry I was only doodling."

The officer said at no point during the incident did he ask Dobson if he vandalized the bridge, and all his statements were made spontaneously.

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