Conway police officer charged with domestic violence after argument about car crash

troot@thesunnews.comDecember 4, 2012 

A Conway police officer has been suspended without pay beginning Wednesday following domestic violence charges filed last month after his wife reported he was upset because she had gotten into a car crash earlier in the day, according to a police report.

Sandroy John Edwards, 34, of Conway was charged with first-offense criminal domestic violence and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 2:05 a.m. Nov. 29, according to jail records. Edwards was released at 3:47 p.m. that same day on $1,000 bail.

Edwards has been employed with Conway police for eight years and served in the rank of corporal, Conway City Administrator Bill Graham said Tuesday.

“He has been placed on suspension without pay until the charges are adjudicated and an internal investigation into the incident has been conducted,” Graham said.

Edwards’ suspension is effective Wednesday, Graham said.

“We’ve been evaluating it. He has not been on duty since the incident,” Graham said.

The Horry County police report showed that officers were called at 1 a.m. Nov. 29 to a home in the 4000 block of Highway 813 by a 34-year-old woman who reported Edwards was “abusing her, has hit her and [she] is bleeding.” Officers were met by Edwards outside the front door and they noted he smelled of alcohol.

Edwards told officers he had argued with the woman, according to the report. The woman, who also smelled of alcohol, told officers that the couple had argued about her being in a vehicle crash earlier in the day.

The victim told officers she wanted Edwards to go somewhere else for the rest of the night, according to the report. The officer noted a large hole in the wall of the bedroom and blood on the floor, bed sheets and bathroom floor.

Officers also noted the woman had dried blood on her lips and right arm, according to the report. The woman refused to cooperate with police when they tried to take photos of her injuries. The woman also refused to sign a victim’s right form and told officers she was not a victim.

Officers took Edwards into custody without incident.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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