October 5, 2016

South Carolina man faces numerous charges

A South Carolina man, passed out in his car in the drive through of McDonalds Tuesday night, was arrested on multiple charges including a sex offender violation.

An employee of McDonalds in Marathon called the Sheriff’s Office at 10:30 p.m. to report a couple had passed out in a car in the drive through of the restaurant after placing an order. He told deputies he tried to wake them but couldn’t. When deputies arrived, they knocked on the windows of the car and, at first, could not wake the couple up. The female passenger finally did wake up and she, in turn, woke the male driver.

When the couple rolled down the car’s windows, the responding deputies could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside. Neither person in the car could produce a driver’s license. The driver was initially uncooperative and gave the last name of Johnson, spelling it with a “J”; he later admitted his name was spelled differently and identified himself as 28 year old Kevin Yonson of South Carolina. Yonson showed obvious signs of impairment and refused to participate in field sobriety exercises, so he was arrested. A check through computers revealed Yonson has a suspended driver’s license, three DUI Convictions in the past, and he is a convicted sex offender. He told deputies he has been in Monroe County working for the past five weeks. His computer records showed no signs he had registered as a sex offender in Monroe County, as required by state law.

As he was being handcuffed and placed into a patrol car, he struggled with deputies and, at one point, threw his elbow back, attempting to hit one officer in the head. The officer blocked the elbow with his arm.

Yonson was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, resisting arrest without violence, giving a false name to a law enforcement officer and failing to register as a sex offender. He was booked into jail.

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