Crime & Courts

Police: Drunk man assaulted officer after soliciting money at Outback

A wanted man who yelled at patrons who would not give him money outside a Rock Hill restaurant this weekend was later charged with assault after he kicked a police officer in his leg and had to be restrained in his cell, police said.

At about 6 p.m. Friday, police were sent to Outback Steakhouse after receiving calls about a man asking strangers for money, according to a Rock Hill police report. According to patrons, he became “disorderly” if they did not hand over any cash, and one woman told police he spit on her car when she refused to give him money.

Police spoke with the man, later identified as Michael James, 51, of Lexington, and asked him why he was soliciting for cash, the report states. James had trouble keeping his balance, police reported, and his breath smelled of alcohol.

When James began walking away from the officer, another policeman arrived for backup and arrested James, charging him with public intoxication, the report states. Once taken to jail, James became combative and kicked an officer in his right leg. Police restrained James and placed him into a cell. He was also charged with third-degree assault and battery. Police discovered that he had an outstanding warrant in Lexington County.