An Aiken man was charged with reckless driving after nearly causing an accident when he fled a city administration building, where he reportedly caused a disturbance, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.


An officer saw a vehicle exit the drive-through window of the Administration and Finance Building at a high rate of speed, nearly striking the patrol car, according to an incident report. The vehicle accelerated and cut in front of a pickup, then ran the stop sign from Hayne Avenue onto Laurens Street.


The 63-year-old suspect tried to write a check to pay a bill at the city building, but was told he could only pay with cash because he previously wrote a bad check, the report stated. He became irate, and was told by employees to come into the building because the drive-through was for express only.


The man told the employees he couldn’t bring his dog inside, and there was no one behind him in the drive-through, so he was staying there, police said. When asked again to come inside, the man yelled obscenities at the employees, then drove off.


When officers confronted the man at his home, he expressed anger at women getting positions of power, police said.


“(The suspect) then stated that women are trained to deliberately provoke men into getting upset and then have them arrested,” the report stated.