Cops: Downtown Charleston man attacks bar patron, damages police car

Published: Jan. 23, 2015 at 6:08 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2015 at 6:44 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 40-year-old downtown Charleston man is behind bars accused of attacking a customer at a downtown Charleston bar and damaging a police cruiser.

The Charleston Police Department arrested Michael Vaughn Justice on Thursday and charged him with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, damage to real property and assault.

Justice's arrest stems from a Dec. 30, 2014 incident when police were responded to the Palace Hotel Bar on 35 Hanover St. for an assault.

The bartender said the incident started when he refused to serve Justice due to "his high level of intoxication," and asked him to leave the bar.

Around closing time, the victim said he was helping the bartender close the business when he noticed someone attempting to climb over the bar's privacy fence. The victim reported that he asked the person what he was doing, but received no response and observed the subject rip the privacy fence.

A police report states the victim only saw the subject's face and gray shirt before he was struck with an object which left injuries to his forehead and nose.

Responding officers say it appeared the suspect threw a drinking glass that hit the victim in the face.

Police then responded to a separate incident in the area of Drake Street for a report of someone cursing, yelling and throwing items in the middle of the street.

Authorities say they found Justice stumbling on Drake Street.

As officers escorted to Justice to a patrol car, police say Justice resisted by throwing his shoulders back and forth in an attempt to prevent the officers from putting him the back seat of the cruiser.

After a brief struggle, officers reported the got Justice in the back seat where Justice attempted to kick out the back windshield and broke off a rear brake light.

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