Police responded about 11:33 p.m. Christmas Eve, to an open 911 line where dispatch reportedly could hear screaming in the background. Police located the residence in the 500 block of North Hill Street, and could hear a male and female screaming as officers approached the door.
Officers opened the door to find a man and woman in the living room, yelling at each other. The male, identified as Charles Harp, 53, who reportedly appeared to be very intoxicated and belligerent with a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person. The house was reportedly observed in a state of disarray as if there had been a fight.
The female, 42, was reportedly visibly shaken and had a visible injury to her hand where she said the male had bitten her during the argument. She said the argument had started over him wanting to move the television, and he reportedly “began turning items over and throwing stuff.”
The woman said they were divorced but living together. On several occasions, while police were there, the man reportedly became very belligerent, stating while using profanity that this it was his house and he wanted her out.
Due to the demeanor of the male being very aggressive with officers and appearing to be intoxicated, while the female did not appear to under the influence of anything, police reportedly determined him to be the primary aggressor and placed him under arrest.
Harp was transported to the Spalding County Jail, and reportedly while en route became more and more belligerent and began cussing at the officer, as well as using profanity in reference to his ex-wife and wanting her out of the house. While at the jail, after one of the cuffs was removed, Harp reportedly swore at and charged the officer.
Harp was then forced against the wall, handcuffed again to the rear and placed in a holding cell by deputies who deployed a Taser in order to get him to comply. Harp was charged with battery (Family Violence Act), obstruction and disorderly conduct.