2018-02-14 / Local News

Florida woman sprays officer with windshield washer fluid


A driver found slumped over the wheel of a vehicle allegedly squirted a Gaffney police officer with windshield wiper fluid when instructed by police to turn off her still-running and in-gear vehicle.

The incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. Feb. 8 in the 1400 block of East Frederick Street when police found a vehicle sitting on a grass hill off the roadway. The driver, a Florida woman, appeared to be slumped over the wheel. When an officer approached the vehicle he said he could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverage. The vehicle was still in drive and running. When the officer asked the woman to put the car in park and turn it off, according to the report, “subject attempted to put the car in park but turned the windshield (washer) on squirting R/O (responding officer) with wiper fluid.”

The officer reached in, put the vehicle in park and took the keys for safety, according to the report. The woman told police she had one tequila drink, according to the report, but allegedly declined to perform field sobriety tests. The woman allegedly gave a breath sample that showed a blood alcohol content of .17 percent when later tested at the Cherokee County Detention Center.

A Gaffney man with an allegedly suspended license was cited for racing on a public road following a Feb. 8 traffic stop on West Floyd Baker Boulevard. According to an incident report, a Gaffney officer was on routine patrol at 10:24 p.m. when she heard a loud revving engine and saw a dark-colored Ford Mustang that appeared to be racing with two other vehicles down the boulevard. During the traffic stop, it was discovered that the driver, who claimed he had just gotten the 2018 Ford Mustang, had a suspended license and no proof of insurance.

City of Gaffney police were called to North Limestone Street on Feb. 2 regarding a vandalism complaint. According to an incident report, a witness spotted a currently unknown man digging in a trash container outside the Dollar General Market in the 1200 block as two women waited in a van parked next to the trash bin. Trash was being scattered on the property. When confronted by the witness, the women in the van fled the scene and the man climbed out of the trash bin and fled on foot. The man was seen meeting the females in the van down the road.

A vehicle reported stolen Feb. 8 from Camellia Circle was later found torched.

According to the Gaffney Police Department, a resident of the 100 block said she went outside to warm up her vehicle before work and when the woman went to leave for work she discovered someone had taken her 2017 Nissan. While taking the stolen vehicle report, the officer was advised by 9-1-1 that Gaffney firefighters were out with a vehicle fire in the Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office jurisdiction. The vehicle involved in the fire matched the description of the stolen vehicle. The exact location of the vehicle fire was not listed in the city police department’s report.

Gaffney police responded Feb. 3 to a report of malicious damage on West Rutledge Avenue. Between 6 p.m. Feb. 2 and 4:25 p.m. Feb. 3, police reported, someone damaged the doorknob of an apartment in the 500 block and also damaged a woman’s mailbox.

A Gaffney woman reported the theft of keys following a Feb. 5 incident on Peeler Street. According to the Gaffney Police Department, the woman went outside at approximately 7 a.m. to warm up her vehicle

and then went back inside her home, leaving the vehicle running. When the woman came back outside the vehicle was no longer running and the door was locked. Someone had taken the key. A towing company had to be called to unlock the vehicle.

Gaffney police responded Feb. 5 to a reported dog attack on Cambridge Circle. According to an incident report, a Cambridge Circle resident was attacked and bitten by a neighbor’s dog while trying to stop that dog from attacking her own pet. The woman was bitten on both her right and left calf and elsewhere. The woman was bleeding from her left calf and had blood on the back of her blue jeans from where she was bitten. The woman declined EMS treatment but did plan to go to the emergency room. An animal control officer responded to the scene and found the allegedly responsible dog in a neighbor’s yard. The dog was barking and charged at the officer, prompting the officer to deploy an electronic stun gun on the dog. The dog owner, who was cited for animal running at large, was allowed to take the dog inside.

Gaffney police were called after a dog attacked another dog Feb. 5 on Walnut Street. According to an incident report, a resident of the 200 block said a blue-colored pit bull belonging to a neighbor got loose, went under a fence and attacked his dog. The Walnut Street resident’s dog sustained injuries to its neck and armpit. The owner of the pit bull allegedly stated he would take care of the injured dog’s medical treatment.

Gaffney police seized a bag of alleged marijuana during a Feb. 6 traffic stop on Wilkinsville Highway. According to an incident report, an officer stopped a Gaffney man for driving 51 mph in a 35 mph zone and detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. When asked if he had any drugs, the man allegedly handed over a bag of a green, leafy substance. Nothing else was found during a search.

Gaffney police reported the recovery of a firearm during the search of a vacant home on West Birnie Street.

According to an incident report, Gaffney police received information on Feb. 6 that an unknown number of firearms might have been abandoned at a vacant home. During a search, detectives recovered a Kel-Tec-brand SU-16 rifle.

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