Man tried to run over North Augusta cop, police say

 

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is seeking an attempted murder charge against a North Augusta man who police say tried to run over a North Augusta Public Safety officer early Monday morning.

According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, Officer Robert Velasco turned on his blue lights after he spotted a white Saturn traveling 53 mph in a 35-mph zone near Gentry Trailer Park on Old Edgefield Road shortly before 1 a.m.

The Saturn’s driver, later identified as 27-year-old Preston Jones, of the 500 block of Bradley Drive, sped through a stop sign at Martintown Road and kept going until his vehicle spun out in the 1000 block of Womrath Road.

Velasco said he got out of his vehicle and drew his weapon while the suspect’s vehicle was stopped; however, he had to flee to his car for safety after Jones hit the gas and headed toward him.

Velasco and fellow officers continued to follow the suspect until he stopped on Bradleyville Road near Bradleyville Drive. Officers said two of the vehicle’s tires had blown out.

Jones left his vehicle and ran toward the officers, who struggled to get him into custody, according to the report.

The suspect told officers he fled because he had a suspended license and had been drinking. Jones also had previous charges of driving under the influence and driving under suspension in Richmond County.

He was charged with failure to stop for blue lights, driving under the influence, driving under suspension and open container. The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is pursuing warrants for attempted murder for the incident on Womrath Road, which is out of the city’s jurisdiction.

Officers also learned that a passenger was in the vehicle but fled when the vehicle stopped on Bradleyville Road. The passenger has not been identified.

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