St. George town councilman charged after allegedly trying to intimidate police officer

Ralph A. Martino. Dorchester County Detention Center/Provided Provided A St. George town councilman was arrested and charged with common law misconduct in office on Tuesday in connection with a traffic stop.

The charge against Ralph A. Martino, 66, comes after he allegedly harassed and intimidated a St. George police officer during a June 1 traffic stop, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

The police officer was helping a colleague with an investigation and stopped a vehicle operated by Martino’s wife, Faye, according to a SLED arrest affidavit and other documents.

Faye Martino had gone to a McDonald’s that day and placed an order but became angry after someone behind her in line got their food before she did, said St. George Police Chief Brett Camp. She got in an argument with an employee and ended up pushing the employee’s nose, he said.

Eventually, she got her food and left the restaurant, Camp said. Police got a 911 call about the altercation, including a description of the vehicle and the license plate number.

An officer responding to the call saw the vehicle and pulled it over, the chief said.

While the officer was speaking with Faye Martino, the councilman arrived and asked what was taking so long.In addition to her alleged involvement in the McDonald’s altercation, the registration on Faye Martino’s car had expired, the chief said.At that point, the councilman, who was standing next to the officer’s patrol vehicle door, told the officer his position as an elected official, Camp said. The officer asked […]

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