A minor party candidate for South Carolina governor said Tuesday his criminal record that includes arrests for fraudulent checks, assault and nearly a dozen driving offenses can be explained by self-defense, mistakes and divorce.
Morgan Bruce Reeves, 51, was arrested in 1993 and charged with passing two fraudulent checks, according to records provided Tuesday by the State Law Enforcement Division.
Court records show Reeves was convicted during a bench trial on those charges, which were for checks under $500. Another fraudulent check charge in July 1994 was dismissed.
Reeves was arrested again in May 1998 and charged with assault and battery. On Tuesday, Reeves said he acted in self-defense after another driver ran his Rolls Royce off the road near the stadium where the University of South Carolina football team plays its games.
"These little hippies ran me off the road," Reeves said Tuesday. "They didn't know I made a living hitting linebackers my whole life. They jumped me, and I beat all six of them up at one time. It was self-defense."