A North Charleston police dog took down a suspect who fought with an officer after being stopped for traffic violations, police said.
The suspect, Julius Q. Manigault, 22, of Baker Hospital Boulevard, was charged with assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and driving with a suspended license, police said.
Bail of $35,000 was set Thursday for Manigault, who was being held at the Charleston County Detention Center, officials said.
At about 11 p.m. Wednesday, Officer James Greenawalt Jr. observed Manigault almost hit a bicyclist on McMillan Avenue while driving a Dodge Avenger. Manigault was going 46 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to a police report.
During the traffic stop, Manigault told Greenawalt that he didn’t have a driver’s license. Greenawalt told Manigault to get out of the car, and Manigault began to lift himself off the driver’s seat while reaching toward the center console of the vehicle. Greenawalt unlocked and opened the driver’s door and took hold of the suspect’s left arm, the report states.
During an ensuing struggle, Greenawalt took down the suspect and attempted to put handcuffs on him. Manigault regained his footing and shoved the officer up against the vehicle. Greenawalt then pushed the suspect away and released the police dog, a Belgian Malinois, who brought the fleeing Manigault down about 20 yards away, officials said.
An unidentified passenger ran from the vehicle during the incident.
During a search of Manigault, two bags of marijuana weighing 2 grams were found in his right sock. A Hershey’s Kisses bag on the center console of the car was found to have four bags of marijuana weighing 4 grams. A digital scale and seven bags of marijuana weighing 7 grams were found in the spare tire well of the car, police said.
Manigault was treated at Trident Regional Medical Center for a laceration and puncture wound four inches above his right ankle as well as four puncture wounds and a laceration to his upper left inside calf. He also had a puncture wound on his right knee, a police report states.