A 32-year-old man was arrested Saturday night on charges that he was driving the vehicle that hit a Charleston police officer who was tending to a pedestrian injured in an earlier crash, according to an incident report.
Liam Mallabar Hindley of Harbor Cove Lane on James Island faces counts of reckless driving, disobeying a lawful ordering and assault on police.
Two officers from the Charleston Police Department reported that at 11:48 p.m., they were helping someone who had been struck by a car at King and Radcliffe streets when they heard a honking horn.
The noise was coming from a car stopped behind the one that had hit the pedestrian, according to the officers' report.
One of the officers yelled at the driver of the black Mercedes to stop.
The motorist obliged for about 10 seconds, the incident report stated. The honking restarted.
The officers directed the car that had hit the pedestrian out of the road. Then one of them shined a flashlight into the Mercedes and said, "Excuse me," according to the report.
That's when the driver, without making eye contact with the officers, suddenly accelerated his car toward a policeman standing in the road, the report stated.
Despite the officers' commands to stop, the driver continued. One of the officers jumped out of the car's way, but it grazed the other's thigh as it sped away, the report stated.
Another police officer soon caught up to the Mercedes and stopped it on Warren Street, just west of King Street.
Hindley was arrested and taken to Charleston County's jail, where he later posted bail and was released.
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