Deputies arrested a Lexington County councilman on charges of damaging a family member’s vehicle following a dispute that first erupted Saturday, the couple’s wedding day, according to deputies.
Phillip Heyward “Phil” Yarborough Jr., 35, was arrested on a charge of malicious injury to personal property Sunday afternoon at his home on the 100 block of Palm Point Drive, according to a news release from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.
Yarborough’s new wife, who is a 29-year-old dentist, told deputies that her husband has a drinking problem and gets aggressive.
Yarborough, through a fellow councilman, said Monday that he will check himself into a 60-day, out-of-state treatment program, possibly as early as Tuesday.
“He realizes he needs professional help,” Councilman Johnny Jeffcoat said in response to The State’s phone message left Monday afternoon for Yarborough, who represents the St. Andrews/Seven Oaks area of the county.
Yarborough’s wife called deputies Sunday to complain that her husband had thrown a rock at her father’s car and bent the license plate. The couple had spent their wedding night apart after an argument, and she said Yarborough was trying to get into the house over her objections.
She said Yarborough got angry with her and cursed her and her parents.
Yarborough denied to deputies that he knew anything about the damage to the vehicle.
He said he returned to the home after the wedding-day argument on Saturday at a hotel, the incident report shows. He wanted to talk to his wife, not expecting that her parents would be at the house.
The father would not let him inside. The disagreement turned phyical, according to witnesses.
The wife told deputies that the couple got married Saturday, and after the wedding he began “acting out,” according to the report.
She said her new husband has a drinking problem and she is afraid of him when he is drunk or angry, the report states. Yarborough was arrested in 2014 on charges of public drunkenness and jaywalking, and the alcohol charge was dropped in 2015.
The newlywed said that Yarborough had gotten physical with her in the past by grabbing her by the arms and shaking her. Further, she told deputies, he is verbally and mentally abusive and controlling.
The deputy said she did not say those incidents had happened recently, nor did she have signs of injury.
At one point Sunday, one of the witnesses and Yaroborough exchanged words and Yarborough said, “You don’t hit a councilman.” A deputy stopped their confrontation.
Yarborough’s father-in-law told deputies we wanted to press charges against him for damaging his vehicle.
Yarborough was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center and was released Monday morning on a personal recognizance bond.