Jerry McClure of Rock Hill was arrested and charged with assault and battery after using fishing line in what he describes as a “prank.”
McClure said a couple was speeding through his neighborhood on their moped for hours Tuesday night. The speed limit in the neighborhood is 15 mph and he says they were easily going over 35 mph. He said he tried to get their attention multiple times to slow them down but they continued to race through the neighborhood streets. His main concern were the children he said were playing in the street.
That’s when McClure took fishing line and loosely tied it around one stop sign and pulled it to another stop sign across the street.
“I was just trying to get their attention,” said McClure.
When My Fox Carolinas first called McClure, we got his voice mail. The prerecorded message ended with "have a blessed day."
Neighbors of McClure said he was a nice man.
The couple ran into the fishing line and the man on the moped suffered a cut on his lip.
“The victim was lucky it was just a minor cut and that the other person didn’t receive any injuries,” said Trent Faris of the York County Sheriff’s Office.
McClure asserts that the line was not tied tightly and if they would have stopped at the stop sign, instead of speeding through it, there would never have been a problem.
But the Sheriff’s Office disagrees.
“There are lots of kids in this neighborhood and there are lots of cars that go through this neighborhood,” said Faris. “Whether it’s fishing line or a vehicle, it’s illegal to block the road.”