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Williamston Police Arrest Wrong Grandfather

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WILLIAMSTON, S.C. - A Williamston man said he was locked in jail overnight for the crime of being a grandfather. Those accusations triggered an internal police investigation and a potential lawsuit against the Williamston Police Department.  

After a confrontation on December 4th, involving an Anderson District 1 school bus, one of the involved parties identified himself as a student’s grandfather.

The student attends the Palmetto High School Freshman Academy.

Her parents said the girl was suspended from school for an incident on the bus and the grandfather approached the bus driver the next morning upset about the suspension.

“He identified himself as grandfather, as her grandfather,” said Steven King the girl’s father.

That was on December 4th.  5 weeks later Williamston police and Anderson County deputies arrested the girl’s grandfather, Dan Eller.

But, like everyone else, Eller was one of two grandfathers.

“I tried to explain to them that they got the wrong man but they hear that all the time.  What do you do in a situation like this?" said John Wardell who witnessed the arrest.

Eller had never been arrested before.  He’s a veteran who survived two heart attacks.  He spent that Wednesday night in jail.

Meanwhile the child’s other grandfather said he called deputies and even drive to the jail to turn himself in.

That grandfather was never arrested

Williamston police said they launched an internal investigation after the arrest.  They declined comment, as did the Williamston city attorney.
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