An Horry County police detective was jailed early Monday on charges of criminal domestic violence after he argued with his girlfriend about their plans for a Super Bowl party, according to authorities.
John David Gonska, 39, of Myrtle Beach, was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 12:12 a.m. Monday on a charge of first-offense criminal domestic violence, according to jail records. He was released at 9:48 a.m. Gonska, who is the second Horry County police officer to be arrested this year, has requested a bench trial, which is set for Feb. 16, according to Horry County court records.
Horry County police Sgt. Robert Kegler said Gonska, who has been with the department for six years, has been suspended without pay until the case is resolved.
Horry County police were called to Gonska's home about 10:30 p.m. Sunday for a domestic violence complaint. A 31-year-old woman, who is Gonska's girlfriend, told officers that they were watching a football game on television when they started to argue about Super Bowl party plans.
The woman, in a relationship with Gonska for 11 months, told officers that Gonska got aggressive with her when she tried to grab a beer from his hand, according to the police report. The woman said Gonska hurt her thumb when he grabbed her.
The victim said Gonska walked into a nearby bathroom and they continued to argue when she followed him, according to the report. The woman said Gonska charged toward her, choked her and hit her in the face.
Officers noted multiple wounds on the woman including marks on her shoulder, neck, chin and cut on her lip, according to the report. Gonska told officers the woman scratched his arm. Both refused medical treatment.
On Jan. 16, another Horry County police officer, John William Parker, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence, according to authorities. He resigned last week from the department in which he had worked as a police officer for five years.
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