All three municipal-level charges against Atlantic Beach Mayor Jake Evans’ brother-in-law and former Mayor Irene Armstrong's husband were dropped after his case was heard in Atlantic Beach Municipal Court Tuesday night.
Atlantic Beach police arrested and charged William Armstrong, 64, with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, failure to stop for a blue light and threatening the life, family or person of a public employee after an incident on July 11.
“Officer Cox has noted the dismissal of the public disorderly, resisting, and the threat,” said city-appointed Municipal Judge Margie Livingston. “It’s so noted for the record.”
William Armstrong’s charge of failure to stop for a blue light is being handled by general sessions court, which in South Carolina is reserved for misdemeanors and felonies that carry a potential punishment of more than 30 days in jail and/or a fine of $500. The other three charges were dismissed. Atlantic Beach police may decline to prosecute the failure to stop for a blue light charge as well.
On July 11, William Armstrong flagged down the arresting Atlantic Beach police officer around half-past noon before becoming disorderly by shouting profanity out of his truck window, according to a police report.
The arresting officer wrote in the report that he made a traffic stop on the former mayor's husband on 30th Avenue South and told him he was under arrest. The report says he did not get out of the truck, but instead rolled up his windows and drove off.
The report says the arresting officer pursued Armstrong and arrested him at town hall. The report did not give a reason for the accusation of Armstrong’s initial disorderly conduct.
Atlantic Beach Police Chief Quentin Robinson did not immediately respond to a request asking if the department would prosecute the failure to stop for a blue light charge being handled in general sessions court.
William Armstrong declined to comment.