Man arrested after store manager struck by truck

NORTH AUGUSTA -- A Publix store manager told police he was struck by a truck while trying to get its tag number after noticing its driver acted suspiciously inside the grocery.

According to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety incident report, at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday the manager of the Publix at 334 E. Martintown Road saw a man acting like he was going to shoplift.

The man left the store, however, and the manager followed him outside to write down his truck's license number. The driver backed up the truck abruptly, almost striking manager.

When the manager asked the driver if he was trying to hit him, he said the man nodded his head indicating yes.

The driver then backed up the truck again, this time striking the manager’s foot and leg.

The manager had red marks on his left leg and foot, but told police nothing was broken, the report states.

Robert Donald Merritt, 50, of Evans, a man identified in the police report, was arrested later Wednesday in Columbia County on a probation charge, according to a jailer for the Columbia County Detention Center.

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