Man claimed to be a combat ranger, spit blood at paramedics while being placed under arrest

Jonathan Darling

An unruly man who told Charleston police he knew martial arts also spit blood at paramedics while being placed under arrest Tuesday night, authorities say.

Police arrived at Spring Roll Restaurant, at 381 King St., at 9:30 p.m. in response to an altercation between a man and the business’ staff, an incident report states. Jonathan Darling, 35, of Stockton Drive, yelled “you don’t know who you’re messing with,” and claimed to be a combat ranger while arguing with staff and police, the report states.

Police say Darling smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

Darling fought off attempts to place him under arrest and positioned his arms and body in a fighting stance, the report states.

Police forced Darling against a wall and onto the ground to place handcuffs on him, the report states.

Afterward, police noticed a cut above Darling’s eyebrow, according to the report.

Darling refused help from paramedics to treat the wound, but he complained of neck pains, the report states.

While being transported to Roper Hospital, paramedics reported that Darling spit blood and saliva at them.

Police charged Darling with throwing bodily fluids by prisoner, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, the report states.

He was being held at the Charleston County jail.

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