Man arrested for hitting Williston police chief with car

Saturday, June 27, 2009 4:38 PM
Last updated 7:27 PM
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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  Special
Demarius Smith, 21

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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humbleopinion 06/27/09 - 05:53 pm
Why don't you call it like it

Why don't you call it like it is.....Stop calling these losers "men" and call them what they really are.....THUGS.....GANGSTA WANNABE'S.....whatever else, but they are NOT men.

Asitisinaug 06/27/09 - 06:29 pm
Guess we get to here now from

Guess we get to here now from those who believe police officers are fair game when thugs behind the wheel decide to fail to stop and head towards them instead. Of course the police should shoot and yes Riverman1, they will shoot in Columbia County as well. These violent criminals deserve nothing except a life behind bars or an end to their life.

curly123053 06/27/09 - 07:14 pm
This could have wound up like

This could have wound up like Cherry Tree. That is one lucky driver.

perymason 06/27/09 - 07:44 pm
All I can say is the officers

All I can say is the officers who fired their weapons need remedial training on the firng range!

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