A former Williston police officer is accused of driving under the influence in his Wagener police car.
Craig Elliott Martin, 30, of Wagener, was arrested Sept. 6 just after 3:30 a.m. when an Aiken County Sheriff's deputy noticed a black in color Ford Crown Victoria police car "acting very suspicious," states the incident report.
The deputy was on patrol near the Kent's Korner on Old Ninety Six Indian Trail Road in Aiken when he saw Martin's car "driving in circles around the parking lot then back into the roadway of Hwy. 39 north without head lights and was driving very slowly at times," according to the report.
At first the deputy thought the car was conducting "possible surveillance" of the area, but he soon learned the Wagener police were doing no such thing, states the report.
When the deputy approached the police car, which was parked behind the store near the dumpsters, the car "took off" and went onto Hwy. 39 toward Wagener, but soon turned around heading back to the store, states the report.
The deputy then turned around to follow the car after deciding it "warranted an official traffic stop to investigate the suspicious behavior of the driver and its vehicle," states the report.
When the deputy turned his car around, Martin sped off again. He was located in the store's parking lot where he allegedly drove "directly towards" the deputy's car "in a very slow and tactical manner," states the report.
After Martin complied with the deputy's request to exit his car, the deputy noticed Martin's face was pale and he smelled like alcohol. A case of beer was found in the passenger floorboard and an open container of beer was in the police car's cup holder.
In addition to his Wagener police badge, Williston police credentials were also found in the car.
Williston Police Chief Roger Kaney said Martin worked for his department for several years until leaving a year and a half ago to go to Wagener. He said Martin should have turned in his ID upon leaving, but might have had another one made.
Martin refused to sign any paperwork and did not submit to field sobriety tests. He was released to the Aiken County Detention Center, the report states.
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