Sunday, October 12, 2008

Detention Officer Nicolas Trevathan Charged with Domestic Violence

A J. Reuben Long detention officer was charged early Sunday with criminal domestic violence after an incident at a Conway apartment complex, officials said.

Nicolas Dale Trevathan, 22, was booked into the detention center at 5:18 a.m. Sunday on the charges, the jail’s website showed. He was released at 10 a.m. Sunday on $1,000 bail.

On Monday, jail officials began an internal investigation into Trevathan because of the incident, said Tom Fox, detention center director.

Trevathan was hired Feb. 4 as a detention officer, and had been attending basic jail school at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy. Officials will discuss whether or not Trevathan will continue in the school pending an internal investigation about his employment with the center, Fox said.

Horry County police arrested Trevathan after someone made a 911 call at 1:50 a.m. Sunday from Myrtle Greens Apartment complex in Conway, an incident report showed. Officers heard a woman and man inside an apartment, but 911 dispatchers could not get anyone to answer the line, the report showed.

An officer in his patrol car outside the building was struck by a vehicle driven by Trevathan, who tried to back out of a parking spot, the report showed. The offier took Trevathan into investigative custody after smelling a strong odor of alcohol coming from him, the report showed.

A woman, who was crying, came from the apartment building and told police Trevathan was her husband, but they had been separated for several months, the report showed. The woman said Trevathan had assaulted her and she called 911.

The officer noted the front door to the apartment had been forced open, the report showed.