Crime Briefs for March 19
Suspect flees scene in alleged burglary
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary on Bettis Academy Road on Sunday, during which the homeowner’s dog apparently scared off the burglar.
The incident happened at about 1:45 p.m., according to a sheriff’s report.
The victim said he heard a loud banging noise coming from his garage, and, when he approached the front of the garage, his dog ran in through the door, which had been forced open, according to the report.
After the dog ran in, the victim said he saw an unknown man run out of the garage and cross Bettis Academy Road into a wooded area, according to the report.
The suspect was described as a black male, about 5 foot 9 and 170 pounds and between 35 and 45 years old. He reportedly had several scars on his cheeks.
The suspect reportedly used bolt cutters to break the lock off the garage door.
Alleged carjacking in Bath investigated
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged carjacking that happened in Bath on Saturday.
The victim told officers that he and another man were in his car, stopped at the corner of Lee Drive and Anthony Drive, when two men walked up and pulled them out of the vehicle at gunpoint, according to a sheriff’s report.
The two suspects reportedly struck the victim in his back and the second victim in the chin, according to the report. They then took off in the vehicle.
The victim walked down Augusta Road, where he said he found his vehicle abandoned on Dixie Clay Road, according to the report.
The victims were unable to provide further information about the suspects, and the officer wrote in the report that they were also uncooperative and had conflicting stories.Man detained after driving recklessly
A 22-year-old Lexington man was detained for driving under the influence after an officer pulled him over for driving recklessly while leaving the Aiken Trials on Saturday, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
An officer saw a green Jeep Grand Cherokee accelerate at a high rate of speed, skidding back and forth while leaving the Aiken Training Track, according to the report. The officer stopped the vehicle as it approached Audubon Drive.
After the car stopped, a passenger reached out of a window and poured some liquid from a cup, according to the report. The officer reported smelling a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle.
As the driver, Kolby Jumper of North Wrenwood Street in Lexington, exited the vehicle, the officer reported he had slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet and smelled strongly of alcohol, according to the report. Jumper was detained after failing multiple field sobriety tests.
A passenger in the vehicle was later found to be the person dumping the cup out the window, according to the report. The cup was tested with an alcohol sensor that indicated the presence of ethanol in the cup.
The passenger was issued a summons for open container of liquor. A breath test at Public Safety headquarters registered a blood-alcohol content of .16 for Jumper, according to the report.