A Wagener police officer is facing charges after an Aiken deputy caught him driving under the influence in a police car Friday in Aiken County, authorities said.
According to an Aiken County sheriff’s news release, the deputy saw a black Ford Crown Victoria going in circles about 3:30 a.m. in the corner of the parking lot at Kent’s Korner, 1694 Old Ninety-Six Indian Trail Road. The car then went behind the business and parked by the trash bins. The deputy tried to speak to the driver, identified as Craig Elliott Martin, but he drove away.
Police said Martin’s vehicle soon returned to the parking lot and headed toward the deputy’s vehicle “in a slow and tactical manner,” according to an incident report. After ordering Martin from the vehicle, the deputy noticed alcohol on his breath, a case of beer in the passenger-side floor and an open container of beer in the cup holder.
The deputy discovered that Martin was a Wagener police officer and the vehicle was his police car. He was off duty at the time.
He was taken to Aiken County Detention Center on charges of driving under the influence. The vehicle and Martin’s police badge were turned over to Wagener Police Department.