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Man tried to run over North Augusta cop, police say

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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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OnlyInAmerica
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OnlyInAmerica 12/27/11 - 09:57 am
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they should have shot him.

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they should have shot him. these thugs are out of control!

OnlyInAmerica
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OnlyInAmerica 12/27/11 - 11:13 am
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driving in this country has

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driving in this country has somehow become a right instead of a privilege. what should happen as part of the punishment when caught driving without a valid license is the vehicle should be confiscated...no matter who owns it.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/27/11 - 11:29 am
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OIA, it's just a big

OIA, it's just a big misunderstanding. He'll be good. Just give him one more chance. Don't be too harsh on the young man. He was just funnin' the po-leece.

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allhans 12/27/11 - 11:44 am
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As Roger Miller so eloquently

As Roger Miller so eloquently said :
"Dang me, dang me / They oughta take a rope and hang me / High from the highest tree /...
"

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Willow Bailey 12/27/11 - 11:47 am
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"The suspect told officers he

"The suspect told officers he fled from the officer 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."

What do we expect? He did it all before and nothing happened, what would be new tonight?

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kiwiinamerica 12/27/11 - 12:11 pm
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Yep, instead of gettin'

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Yep, instead of gettin' busted for DUI and risk a few days in the pokey, I'll take out the cop and make it "Murder 1" instead. That ought to make my life a whole lot easier. What a great idea!!

What in the world goes through the minds of these cretins?

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Willow Bailey 12/27/11 - 12:11 pm
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Woman, won't you weep for

Woman, won't you weep for me....

OnlyInAmerica
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OnlyInAmerica 12/27/11 - 12:23 pm
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Bradelyville Rd. says it

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Bradelyville Rd. says it all...if NAPS doesn't get a grip on these thug habitats in North Augusta, you can expect more of this.

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owensjef3 12/27/11 - 01:00 pm
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The disturbing trend

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The disturbing trend continues.

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bdouglas 12/27/11 - 02:01 pm
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OnlyInAmerica: So if someone

OnlyInAmerica: So if someone without a license stole your car and was subsequently apprehended after a traffic violation, you would be all for the cops confiscating *your* car?

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stillamazed 12/27/11 - 02:07 pm
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Fatboyhog, you are being

Fatboyhog, you are being super funny today......but we can all rest assured that he will be out there behind the wheel again soon.

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blues550 12/27/11 - 02:41 pm
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Remarkable restraint on their

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Remarkable restraint on their part of not dropping him on the spot. He would have deserved it and yes, you are right. This idiot will be back out soon enough. Maybe next time he will be armed, and we can have another funeral for an officer or deputy.

blues550
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blues550 12/27/11 - 02:41 pm
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Remarkable restraint on their

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Remarkable restraint on their part of not dropping him on the spot. He would have deserved it and yes, you are right. This idiot will be back out soon enough. Maybe next time he will be armed, and we can have another funeral for an officer or deputy.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/27/11 - 05:39 pm
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stillamazed, You are correct.

stillamazed, You are correct. Suspending licenses doesn't work. Maybe it's time we look to other countries ways of dealing with repeat offenders whose behavior is a menace and danger to society. I can't post what I'd like to, or else I'll suffer the forum "penalty."

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GaStang22 12/27/11 - 05:24 pm
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Nov. 3 bookings- Preston

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Nov. 3 bookings- Preston Jones, 27 — driving under suspension, possession of other controlled substance

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Iwannakno 12/27/11 - 05:35 pm
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He should have emptied his

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He should have emptied his gun into the car when the suspect floored it.

ATLien
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ATLien 12/27/11 - 05:56 pm
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THEY NOT Havin IT.

THEY NOT Havin IT.

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eagle 12/28/11 - 12:23 am
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Ooohhhh...poor misunderstood

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Ooohhhh...poor misunderstood driver.

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BamaMan 12/28/11 - 01:07 pm
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So, goes from DUIs to

So, goes from DUIs to Attempted Murder. You just can't fix stupid.

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