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St. George councilman assaulted officer who stopped wife, police chief says

Ralph A. Martino (Dorchester County Detention Center).jpg
Ralph A. Martino (Dorchester County Detention Center)

An elected official in Dorchester County is out of jail after authorities say he assaulted a police officer who'd pulled over his wife in a traffic stop.

St. George Town Councilman Ralph Martino, 66, was arrested Saturday, June 1, after interfering with and attempting to intimidate police officers, St. George Police Chief Brett Camp said Monday.

The incident started just after 7 p.m. Saturday, when a St. George PD officer stopped Martino's wife, Chief Camp says.

Mrs. Martino was involved in an altercation with a McDonald's employee earlier, and her vehicle and description had been given to police.

While police were questioning her, Mr. Martino showed up and asked police why his wife had been stopped.

Despite three explanations from officers, Chief Camp says Mr. Martino became increasingly agitated and impatient, finally leading to a confrontation with one officer.

Police say Martino approached the officer's vehicle and aggressively banged on the window to get his attention.

The officer reportedly had to ask Mr. Martino to back away as he tried to get out of his car, to which Martino reportedly responded, "Are you going to shoot me, mother f****r?"

Martino reportedly went on to shove the officer, leading to a brief altercation that resulted in Martino being placed in handcuffs and arrested.

Martino was charged with third degree assault and battery, and taken to jail at the Dorchester County Detention Center.