Super Bowl argument lands SC police officer in jail

John David Gonska (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
John David Gonska (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – An officer with the Horry County Police Department was arrested and suspended without pay Monday after an argument with his girlfriend during a football game escalated.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, said John David Gonska, 31, of Myrtle Beach, has been an HCPD officer for six years.

According to a police report, Gonska and his girlfriend were watching the AFC Championship football game Sunday night when they began arguing about their plans for the Super Bowl.

The victim told police Gonska became aggressive, so she told him he didn't need to drink anymore. According to the victim, when she tried to take Gonska's beer, he grabbed her hand and bent her thumb backward.

The report states Gonska then left in the direction of the bathroom, and the victim followed. After further arguing, Gonska allegedly charged the victim before punching her in the mouth.

Officers noted finding multiple wounds on the victim, stating a large, red mark on her shoulder and a swollen/bloody mouth, among other injuries.

Gonska allegedly had red marks on his arm, and both refused medical treatment.

According to J. Reuben Long's online records, Gonska was released at 9:48 a.m. Monday morning.

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