Aiken woman arrested after deputy almost run over

Aiken Sheriff's office
Merita S. Carter

AIKEN - A woman accused of attempting to run over an officer last month was arrested Monday night.

Merita Stephens Carter, 40, was arrested and booked into the Aiken County Detention Center around 10:30 p.m., according to jail records. Ms. Carter is charged with assault with the intent to kill, speeding 63 in a 45 mph zone and reckless driving, according to jail records. She's also being held for other authorities.

Aiken Department of Public Safety received a tip from the Crime Stopper hotline that Ms. Carter was staying at a North Augusta apartment complex Monday afternoon, said Lt. David Turno. They apprehended her later that evening, he said.

Aiken Department of Public Safety deputies pulled Ms. Carter over on Oct. 17 for speeding, Lt. Turno said. She gave the deputy her license, registration and proof of insurance. However, when the officer smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle and asked her to leave the car she refused.

"She drove away, turned around and drove back toward the deputy," Lt. Turno said.

She got away in a black 2005 Nissan Sentra.

She is being held at the jail on a $10,445 bond.

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