Subscribe for 17¢ / day

Three adults were taken into custody on Tuesday following an altercation in the parking lot of the John C. Calhoun Drive McDonald’s.

The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety responded to the McDonald’s at 706 John C. Calhoun Drive after reports of an altercation Tuesday evening.

A concerned citizen called dispatchers to report that a fight was in progress in the parking lot at 5:55 p.m.

As officers headed to the restaurant, dispatchers informed them that a Kia Sedona van was attempting to leave the scene.

Officers stopped the van and determined that two of the occupants were allegedly involved in the fight.

Both received medical attention from Orangeburg County EMS at the scene.

The driver of the van, who was not involved in the fight, allegedly had slurred speech and smelled of an alcoholic beverage, the incident report states.

The report states that he told officers he had too much to drink.

He also stated that the two adult passengers -- a man and a woman -- got into an argument in the parking lot of McDonald’s and that they each struck one another.

The woman’s minor child was also present.

When officers spoke with the man, he said that the woman was putting shoes on the child and he and she began to argue about a receipt, according to the report.

He told officers that the woman punched him on the left side of his face, which then caused the two of them to fight.

The woman told officers she was trying to put shoes on her son and the man began to argue with her about money. She said he then punched her in the left side of her face, the report said.

She said that she and the man have been living together for about one month.

Officers charged the driver of the van with public disorderly conduct.

They charged the man and the woman with fighting.

A family friend took temporary custody of the minor child.

Officers transported the three adults to the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

Contact the writer: or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD.


Staff Writer

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

Load comments