Police: Drunken driver strikes downtown fountain
An Augusta man detained for driving under the influence allegedly fled the scene after he struck the water fountain at the intersection of Laurens Street and Richland Avenue on Friday, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Jarrod Paul Allison, 33, of Courtney Road in Augusta, was charged with DUI second offense and placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Monday afternoon.
The incident happened just before 11 p.m. Friday, according to a report. A caller told dispatch they saw a green Chevrolet van strike the fountain and then flee the scene, heading west on Richland Avenue.
Officers found the van and initiated a traffic stop at Richland Avenue and University Parkway and found Allison to be the driver, according to the report. When asked if he knew why he was being stopped, Allison said no.
The officer told Allison about the caller who saw his van strike the fountain, and Allison said “he wasn’t paying attention and struck the object,” according to the report. The officer could smell the scent of an alcoholic beverage coming from Allison, the report said.
Allison was taken into custody after failing multiple field sobriety tests, according to the report. At Public Safety headquarters, he provided a breath sample which yielded a reading of 0.18.
According to Sgt. Jake Mahoney, there was no damage to the fountain, but one of the protective bollards surrounding the fountain was damaged.