Wife of Irmo Assistant Fire Chief Speaks Out About Domestic Violence Arrest

Lexington deputies arrested a now former Lexington Assistant Fire chief for domestic violence, now his wife says its all a misunderstanding.

Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - The wife of a now former Irmo Assistant Fire Chief is speaking out after her husband was arrested for domesticc violence charges.

Lexington County deputies arrested 35-year-old Clyde Thomas for third degree domestic violence on Tuesday night.

"I mean, it's all just a huge misunderstanding," says Thomas' wife, who did not want to give her first name.

They sat together on the couch in their home during the interview, with hands locked.

She says she just wants to clear her husband's name.

"He was determined to make me have a good birthday," says Mrs. Thomas. "We sat down, had dinner, had a glass of wine and my stomach started to hurt."

Medications that she takes for terminal cancer caused her to go to the bathroom and that's when she said she had a seizure.

"He said my breathing was very shallow," she says. "He thinks I hit my head because of where I was laying. When I do have a seizure, I'm on the floor shaking violently. I was very incoherent when I came to, I didn't know what was going on."

Disoriented, she says she got up and ran to her bedroom, shut and locked the door, with Thomas following, kicking it, trying to get in to help her.

"At this point, I didn't understand what was going on. I didn't understand why he was angry with me, why he was upset and why he was trying to kick the door in. I called 911 like and idiot."

Lexington County Sheriff deputies have a different view of events. According to the incident report, when they arrived at the home, Clyde Thomas appeared to be "heavily intoxicated, unsteady on his feet, with slurred speech."

The report also says that she told deputies that Thomas was going through her phone while she was in the shower and that when she got out "he approached her in a very aggressive manner, wanting to know about text messages on her cell phone."

It goes on to say that when she would not open the door, "he began kicking the door attempting to gain entry into the room causing her to fear for her safety." 
  
"The next thing I heard was click click and they had handcuffed him," says Mrs. Thomas. "They said they smelled alcohol on him. I said of course, because we had a glass of wine with dinner and the state of the door. They didn't give an option, so I sat there for a few minutes and started to come around, like whoa you can't do this."

Clyde Thomas sat quiet during the interview with News 19, continuing to hold onto his wife.

The Irmo Fire Department has a zero-tolerance police, so he was asked to resign. That means his benefits, including his wife's insurance are gone. 
   
"Without insurance, that literally shaves time off of me," she said.

The two were married just last week, saying they vowed to take care of each other in sickness and in health.
  
"He took a vow to protect me and love me as himself and now I'm having to be his protector,."

Thomas' wife has filed a formal complaint with the LCSD over the handling of the alleged domestic dispute.

As for those text messages, she says thomas was simply trying to notify her friends of her seizure. 

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