Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal investigation into allegations made by a Sampit man who claims he was assaulted during his arrest Sept. 18.
John Grover Frasier, 32, of 413 Columbus Road, was arrested after a high speed chase which zig-zagged through the McDonald and Greentown communities.
A deputy tried to pull Frasier over after he was clocked driving 80 mph, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson.
The chase ended when Frasier reportedly turned onto a dead end road.
“After Frasier exited the vehicle he refused to comply with deputies’ orders. As a result deputies struggled with (Frasier) briefly before he was taken into custody,” Cuthbertson said.
However, Frasier — in a complaint filed with the Sheriff’s Office Oct. 5 — says it was more than just a brief struggle.
Frasier says the chase ended when he pulled into a driveway on Midway Street and he tossed the keys out of the window.
He said he was attempting to comply with the orders of one deputy to lay on the ground when another officer “came running up and tackled me to the ground.”
Frasier alleges while he was on the ground, the deputies “started punching and kicking me in he head, back and privates.” He also says after he was in handcuffs one of the deputies told the other to use the Taser on him.
“He placed the Taser in the middle of my back and held the trigger for a long time,” Frasier alleges.
He said after being tasered, one of deputies grabbed Frasier’s baseball cap and started beating him with it.
“They then started giving each other high fives and were chanting they kicked my (butt),” Frasier wrote. “Regardless of what I did, I still have rights.”
Cuthbertson was contacted Friday about Frasier’s complaint.
“The matter is under active investigation by internal affairs. In accordance with our policy, it will be completed in 60 days,” she responded.
By Scott Harper