Aiken man detained for hitting officer's car, mailboxes

  • Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12:07 a.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, December 13, 2012 1:49 p.m.
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An Aiken man was detained after leading law enforcement officers on a car chase that ended when he ran his vehicle into a parked patrol car, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Mark Winston Greathouse, 46, was transported to Georgia Health Sciences University, according to a statement from Aiken Public Safety. He will be charged with failure to stop for blue lights and siren, hit and run with property damage, malicious injury greater than $10,000, driving under suspension second offense and driving under the influence second offense.

Around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers received a report of an erratic driver traveling south on Laurens Street near Hampton Avenue and that the driver had struck several mailboxes, according to the statement. Officers located the vehicle, a dark 2002 Honda Accord, near Laurens Street and Edgefield Avenue. The vehicle then reversed direction and began traveling north on Laurens Street, then turned east on Hampton Avenue, police said. Officers activated their emergency lights and sirens to stop the vehicle, which continued east down Hampton Avenue.

An Aiken County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to deploy tire deflating “stop sticks” at the intersection of Hampton Avenue and Camellia Street, according to the statement. The deputy's vehicle, parked off the roadway, was struck by the Honda, ending the pursuit.

The deputy was not injured, according to the statement.

Officers were on the scene until about 9 p.m.

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