Man tased by Horry County police while resisting arrest following domestic assault

William Tory Priest
William Tory Priest

Police said a man was tased after resisting arrest following a woman being hit in the face and threatened.

William Tory Priest, 43, was charged with criminal domestic violence and resisting arrest, according to jail records.

Myrtle Beach officers were called about 1 a.m. Saturday to a home on the 500 block of Fifth Avenue North, where they were informed that Horry County police officers had responded to the incident and had restrained Priest, according to a police report.

After Priest was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for an unrelated medical issue, a 42-year-old woman told Myrtle Beach police officers that she saw Priest resist when Horry County police attempted to restrain and handcuff him. The victim also said she saw Horry County police tase Priest while he was resisting, authorities said.

The victim told Myrtle Beach police that she and Priest had been in a verbal argument for hours and that Priest was constantly berating and belittling her, police said.

The victim said Priest threatened to hit her over the head with a drinking glass at one point during the argument and that he hit her in the face with his hand shortly before officers arrived, authorities said.

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.