Lexington County Councilman Phil Yarborough threatened several times to hit his father-in-law before the pair exchanged punches at the wedding reception Saturday, his bride told West Columbia police.
An officer was called to the scene after a family squabble erupted during the reception at a hotel, according to a police report acquired by The State newspaper Wednesday.
No further explanation of Yarborough’s talk of striking his father-in-law during the weeks prior to the marriage was included.
Two hotel employees disagreed whether Yarborough started throwing punches first at his father-in-law in a restroom during an argument with the bride or if both started hitting each other simultaneously, the report said.
One worker told officers the father-in-law left the reception with blood on his face. Yarborough had a red mark on his head when he met officers, the report said. The bride saying she was not touched.
Yarborough wanted his father-in-law arrested for assaulting an elected official, the report said.
The councilman told officers that his father-in-law earlier assaulted his best man.
Deputies arrested Yarborough, 35, on Sunday on charges of damaging his father-in-law’s vehicle for throwing a rock that damaged a license plate when his bride’s parents blocked him from going into their home near Irmo.
Yarborough, through another councilman, said this week he’ll check himself into treatment for a drinking problem.
He has been a councilman for two years, representing the Irmo-St. Andrews area.
Tim Flach: 803-771-8483