GREENWOOD – A former Greenwood police officer who left the force last year for personal reasons was arrested on charges of domestic battery.
Late Monday night, police received a call from the mother of Nick Dine stating that she was worried he might hurt himself or other family members. The woman said she’d received a text message from Dine’s girlfriend, stating that Dine had hit her. The text said the girlfriend was hiding in a back bathroom to keep away from Dine.
Officers responded to the home in the 800 block of Waveland Lane to check on the woman. While waiting for someone to answer the door, they heard Dine yelling. He then came outside to talk to officers, who said dine smelled “heavily of alcoholic beverage.” Dine denied reports that he wanted to hurt himself or anyone else but admitted he’d argued with his girlfriend.
Officers interviewed the victim, who told them her 29-year-old boyfriend wanted to leave the home. She said she took his keys and told him not to drive because he was drunk. This made Dine angry, and he slapped her across the face and twisted her wrist until she dropped the keys, the girlfriend said. Dine then went to sleep and appeared to calm down. When he woke up, he tried to leave again and the victim tried to stop him because he’d been drinking. At that point, she said Dine pushed her out the front door and kicked her dog.
Officers interviewed Dine’s mother and brother, who both said they were concerned about him. He went to Community South Hospital for immediate detention, police said.
While Dine was being released from the hospital Tuesday morning, officers arrested him on a domestic battery charge.
Dine has had his share of problems. In 2010—while he was an officer with the Greenwood Police Department—Dine was suspended from the force for 30 days following a confrontation outside an Applebee’s restaurant. A man confronted Dine after he left his baby alone in a car outside the restaurant. The man said Dine threatened him; investigating officers said Dine’s breath smell of alcohol.
Witnesses said Dine showed his badge and gun during that incident. He also refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test.
Charges were later dropped in the case, and Dine returned to the force after undergoing counseling. In September 2012, Dine decided to resign from the department, citing “personal reasons.”