Atlantic Beach police chief on leave with pay after domestic violence arrest

Atlantic Beach Police Chief Timothy Taylor
Atlantic Beach Police Chief Timothy Taylor The Sun News file photo

Atlantic Beach Police Chief Timothy Taylor is on administrative leave with pay after he was arrested Thursday, according to a news release from the town’s manager.

Benjamin Quattlebaum, the town manager, said in the statement, “Once the investigation is complete, a determination will be made regarding [Taylor’s] employment status.”

Timothy Taylor J. Reuben Long Detention Center

Quattlebaum could not immediately be reached by phone Friday. Taylor deferred questions to his attorney, who also could not be reached by phone.

Taylor was arrested Thursday after turning himself in to Conway police for one charge of domestic violence, first degree and one charge of unlawful conduct towards a child.

According to a police report, the charges stem from a Sept. 1 incident where Taylor went to a home on S.C. 905 to pick up his children. The mother refused and he became “irate,” the police report states, causing the woman to feel threatened for her safety and the safety of the children.

The woman reported the incident on Tuesday. Two days later, Taylor went to the Conway Police Department to be interviewed with his attorney.

He was released from J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Thursday, paying $1,000 of a $10,000 surety bond.

Taylor, 31, was hired as the town’s chief in 2014 from the Andrews Police Department.

He was also a volunteer coach for the North Myrtle Beach High School football team last year.

In South Carolina, law enforcement officers can lose their certification from the state Criminal Justice Academy if they are convicted, admit guilt or enter a plea of guilty or no contest to a felony. Both of Taylor’s charges are felony offenses.

He has no previous arrests or charges in the state of South Carolina, according to a State Law Enforcement Division background check.

Chloe Johnson: 843-626-0381, @_ChloeAJ