An Aiken man who allegedly led police on a short chase after nearly wrecking his motorcycle also kicked out the window of a patrol car after he was detained, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Johnny Ardell Day, 43, of Citadel Drive, was charged with reckless driving, malicious injury to personal property, failure to register a motor vehicle and failure to insure a motor vehicle.
The incident happened about 12:45 a.m. Sunday on Whiskey Road, according to a report.
Officers saw a black motorcycle traveling south on Whiskey Road when the driver tried to turn left onto Powderhouse Road while still traveling at a high rate of speed, according to the report. The driver hit the brakes, causing the motorcycle tires to lose traction and the motorcycle to travel past the intersection, nearly wrecking.
Officers began pursuing the vehicle with their emergency lights activated, according to the report. The motorcycle drove through a gas station parking lot and onto Powderhouse Road, nearly striking at least one oncoming vehicle, the report said.
The driver then slowed down and turned onto Sparkleberry Lane, then turned the bike around “in a reckless manner” before stopping, according to the report.
Day was unsteady on his feet after stepping off the motorcycle and smelled of an alcoholic beverage, police said.
An officer conducted a horizontal gaze nystagmus test on Day, who exhibited all six clues indicating intoxication; however, Day was not charged with DUI, according to the report. He was placed under arrest for reckless driving after the first sobriety test.
Day reportedly refused to give officers the key to his motorcycle, police said.
While being transported to the Aiken County detention center, Day allegedly kicked out the rear passenger window of the patrol car with his feet, the report stated.
He had minor lacerations on his legs.
Officers waited for another unit to bring leg shackles for Day, according to the report.
While transporting him to the jail, they found out Day did not have a registration for the motorcycle, and Day admitted he purposely had not placed the registration in his name after purchasing the bike.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.