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Wagener police officer charged with DUI in Aiken County

Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 11:42 AM
Last updated 7:08 PM
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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.

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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.

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willie Lee
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willie Lee 09/06/13 - 12:53 pm
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This will be the last you hear of this case as the appropriate people do not want to make a former cop mad as he will "rat" on the system. Stay tuned for nothing more.

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Gage Creed 09/06/13 - 07:02 pm
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Grind that ax much?

Grind that ax much?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 09/06/13 - 07:31 pm
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Willie Lee, I tend to

Willie Lee,
I tend to disagree. If this were a shady deal, the Aiken cop would have driven him home on the down low. My opinion is that this guy is in for a world of hurt.

willie Lee
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willie Lee 09/07/13 - 08:17 pm
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Please be reminded of the wife of a very prominent SC politician who was caught several times while DUI. Only when a new deputy stopped and arrested her without knowing her pedigree did she get charged. And this was only after the media found out of the incident before it could be swept under the rug. You under estimate the level of corruption in this area.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 09/07/13 - 10:49 pm
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You made my point. This guy

You made my point. This guy HAS been arrested and charged. The media HAS reported it. There is a lot of police/gov't corruption around here. But that doesn't necessarily mean they are stupid.

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