An Orangeburg man has been released from jail after prosecutors determined he didn’t head-butt an Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officer. His attorney says he should have been released months ago.
Demetrius Lamont Jamison, 27, of Summers Avenue, was accused of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. The charge was dropped last week after he spent 127 days in jail awaiting trial.
Officers encountered Jamison at about 4:30 p.m. April 26 as they were walking in the Mill Street area to check out a of shots being fired nearby.
Officers saw Jamison walking into the woods, so they asked him what he was doing in the area, an incident states.
Jamison told officers he was going home, but officers wanted to know more about the bulges in his socks, the states. Officers said he told them the bulges were the remains of marijuana cigarettes and he showed them to the officers.
Jamison then attempted to flee from officers and ran about 10 feet, according to Bamberg.
Three officers attempted to arrest Jamison. Another officer attempted to use a stun gun, but the deployed probes did not make contact with him.
A warrant alleged that Jamison “was taken to the ground in attempts to restrain him, where the defendant then head-butted Pso. Cody Miles.”
Officer Miles was initially transferred to the Regional Medical Center but, after facial scans were conducted, he was transported to Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia.
He sustained multiple left orbital bone fractures and a concussion.
In addition to ABHAN, ODPS officers also charged Jamison with third-degree assault and battery, loitering, resisting arrest and simple possession of marijuana. The maximum sentence for ABHAN is 20 years in prison.
On Thursday, Jamison pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and was sentenced to time served. The ABHAN charge was dropped and the other charges are pending.