A warrant for the arrest of Chad Edward Thompson, 41, was issued on Wednesday. By late Thursday morning, Thompson was in the Independence County jail.
Thompson is charged with theft by receiving, a class C felony as well as second degree battery, a class D felony.
Add in a fleeing on foot, and fictitious tags, both are misdemeanor offenses, after Thompson was pulled over by Sgt. Ernie Gillihan on Sunday near the intersection of Highway 167 and White Drive.
Gillihan wrote in his affidavit that he recognized Thompson and the vehicle he was driving after an earlier domestic incident “between two brothers.”
The vehicle Thompson was driving was a blue Honda HRV. When Gillihan made contact with Thompson, Gillihan said Thompson was “very nervous.”
Dispatch informed Gillihan that the Honda was registered as a General Motors company truck.
According to the affidavit, when Gillihan asked Thompson to place his hands on the back of the vehicle, Thompson ignored the instructions, and began backing away along the driver’s side of the vehicle. When Gillihan grabbed Thompson to restrain him, Thompson resisted.
The affidavit stated that both men “went to the ground and began to physically fight.”
During that fight, Thompson was able to get on top of Gillihan and “struck him one time in the left ear,” according to the affidavit.
Thompson then ran from the area. The vehicle’s VIN was checked and confirmed to be stolen out of South Carolina.
Gillian suffered injuries to his right elbow, wrist, and knee as well as collecting “several abrasions on his person from the incident,” according to the affidavit.
Independence County sheriff Shawn Stephens confirmed that he had arrested Thompson on Thursday morning. Thompson’s bond is set at $25,000.