Augusta man facing charges after crashing car into apartments

Staff photo by Scott Rodgers
A man allegedly crashed his vehicle into an elderly woman's home in Georgetown Villas in North Augusta while fleeing police on Tuesday night.
Staff photo by Scott Rodgers A man allegedly crashed his vehicle into an elderly woman's home in Georgetown Villas in North Augusta while fleeing police on Tuesday night.

An Augusta man is facing multiple charges, including DUI, after he allegedly crashed his car into an apartment building while fleeing police on Tuesday night, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

Earl Jamahl Spencer, 25, was charged with DUI, failure to stop for blue lights and siren and driving without a license. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center but had been released by Wednesday morning.

At about 10:20 p.m., an officer attempted to stop a vehicle in North Augusta on Georgia Avenue for speeding, according to Lt. Tim Thornton, a spokesman for North Augusta Public Safety. The officer successfully stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and West Buena Vista Avenue.

The officer approached the vehicle, and, while explaining to the driver why he stopped him, the driver put the vehicle back in gear and sped from the scene.

Officers pursued the vehicle until it lost control at the intersection of West Buena Vista Avenue and Georgetown Drive while trying to make a left turn, Thornton said. The vehicle left the roadway, drove up a small inclined bank of grass and struck an apartment building on the 800 block of Georgetown Drive, police said. The vehicle came to rest in the living room of 812 Georgetown Villas, occupied by a 77-year-old woman.

The woman was treated at the scene for minor injuries sustained from flying debris from the impact and was later taken to a local hospital for further medical attention, Thornton said.

The adjoining apartment unit that was hit was vacant at the time of the incident.

Spencer was treated at the scene and released for minor facial abrasions sustained during the crash, Thornton said.

Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts 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.

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