Man arrested for hitting Williston police chief with car

Demarius Smith, 21

Authorities have arrested an Augusta man who struck a Williston police chief and eluded police from Aiken County to Richmond County early this morning.

Demarius Smith, 21, was arrested around 1 p.m. today, and will be charged with at least two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety news release. Mr. Smith was driving his Ford Explorer off the U.S. Highway 1 exit near Martintown Road in North Augusta around 12:42 a.m. when he approached a DUI checkpoint conducted by several South Carolina law enforcement agencies. When officers instructed him to stop, he drove through the checkpoint and toward a group of officers including Williston Police Chief Roger Kaney. Officers began firing at Mr. Smith’s vehicle.

The suspect struck Chief Kaney as he fled the scene. Chief Kaney was treated for minor injuries at the Aiken Regional Hospital. He has been released.

Mr. Smith fled to Georgia where investigators later found him at an Augusta area hotel.



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