A traffic stop Friday could have ended badly after a suspect fought a deputy, trying to burn him with a cigarette and kicking him viciously even after being handcuffed.
A man and woman were arrested and streets were closed for almost an hour after the incident.
Bulloch County sheriff’s Deputy Mark Guarino had help subduing Sherome Shefford Gordon, 31, of Northside Drive East, when a group of local fraternity members stopped to help after seeing Guarino struggling with Gordon in the street.
According to reports, Guarino stopped Gordon around 3:48 p.m. Friday on South College Street after seeing him driving a silver 1998 Malibu without brake lights. He said Gordon acted nervous, had an open beer in the console that was still cold, and became combative when Guarino asked him to exit the vehicle.
Gordon resisted arrest and tried several times to burn Guarino in the face and eyes with a lit cigarette. The struggle caused them both to fall to the ground in the street, where they were almost struck by a passing pickup, Guarino said in reports.
When the fraternity members helped Guarino detain Gordon and place him in restraints, Gordon continued to fight, “violently kicking me in the legs,” he said. Guarino then deployed a Taser, subduing Gordon.
During the struggle, a woman ran out of a nearby house and began yelling and cursing at Guarino, he said. The woman, Tiffany Marshanna Christian, 25, of South College Street, was arrested as well, charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction and wanted person because she had an outstanding felony probation warrant from Savannah for forgery, according to reports.
When taking Gordon into custody, Guarino discovered both powder and crack cocaine on Gordon’s person. Gordon was charged with no brake lights, defective equipment, obstructing a highway, aggravated assault on a police officer, cocaine possession, open container and two counts of obstruction.
Both he and Christian are being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail, according to jail records.