Crime & Courts

Chester DUI suspect charged with spitting in Rock Hill officer’s face

A Chester man arrested for drunken driving is facing an additional charge after spitting in the face of an officer who told him he couldn’t go home, according to Rock Hill Police

Michael Ray Martin, 36, of Christopher Lane in Chester, was charged with DUI early Thursday. He had been disorderly with officers during the traffic stop but “calmed his demeanor” for blood, urine and breath tests, according to a police report.

Officers conducted a drug recognition expert evaluation on Martin at the Rock Hill Law Center, at the end of which Martin asked “if he could go home now.”

Martin became irate when asked to remove his belt and was upset because he wasn’t able to go home, police said. He began yelling at officers, one of whom unholstered his stun gun and was able to talk Martin into sitting down.

Martin became combative when officers tried to restrain him — an act that took multiple officers, the report states. He continued yelling threats at officers after they placed him in a restraint chair and then spit in one officer’s face.

A spit hood was applied and Martin was restrained. He is charged with throwing bodily fluids on an officers, the report states.

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082