International Show Jumper
Sheriff deputies arrested an international Irish show jumper Friday at his Florida residence for domestic violence and battery on a law enforcement officer.
Conor Swail, 45, is facing felony charges after a domestic violence call to authorities ended in allegations that he battered Palm Beach Sheriff deputies.
Prosecutors charged Swail with battery on a police officer, two counts of resisting an officer with violence, and domestic battery.
A 22-year-old female called police after Swail “began to get more violent and aggressive with her,” records state.
The pair began roughhousing at Swail’s Wellington house when the equestrian allegedly held the victim down against her will. The probable cause affidavit states the woman struggled, scratching Swail as she tried to get away from him. Swail allegedly moved his hand to her throat before striking her on top of her head.
The woman told authorities they were drinking together earlier in the night.
Deputies arrived and separated the individuals. Swail allegedly refused to obey the officer’s commands. “I asked Conor to take his hand out of his pocket and he refused, clenching his free hand and continuing to breathe heavier.” When the deputy attempted to pull Swail’s hand out of his pocket, Swail “pulled away from my control and then struck me with an open hand to my chest.”
The deputy responded, striking Swail in the face twice. “After these strikes did not gain compliance, I then placed him into a vascular neck restraint…” A second deputy assisted, but Swail continued fighting both law enforcement officers before they were able to handcuff him.
Swail stated, “he didn’t know what was going on and that nothing happened…” when asked by the deputies. He added he didn’t call the police.
Deputies took Swail to Wellington Regional Medical Center before he was taken to jail.
Swail is out on $7,000 bond. He is to have no contact with weapons.
The Irish rider ranks 41st in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Standings – North American Eastern Sub-League. Multiple horse brands sponsor Swail including Animo, CWD, Horseware, Charles Owen, and Tucci.
Swail chose not to comment for this article when we reached him by phone.