Former Pelion police officer arrested Friday

cwnston@thestate.comNovember 8, 2013 

— A former Pelion police officer was arrested by SLED agents Friday in connection with an Oct. 13 incident with his wife.

John Elliott Elkin, 32, was charged with one count of criminal domestic violence, first offense — a misdemeanor with a possible penalty of a fine between $1,000 and $2,500 or 30 days in jail. He was a Pelion police officer at the time of the arrest.

Elkin was booked in the Lexington County Detention, where he was held on a $5,000 bond, according to the Lexington County Detention Center’s website.

According to an arrest warrant, Elkin assaulted the victim Oct. 13 "during a verbal altercation by grabbing her cell phone" and preventing her from using it. He also said he would have police waiting for her and checking frequently on her.

When his wife attempted to travel to a relative's house through the woods in the Gaston area of Lexington County, he followed her. The warrant says the situation created reasonable “fear of imminent peril to the victim."

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