An accused drunken driver was also charged with urinating in public and indecent exposure on Friday, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Bruce Hewston, 61, of Wire Road, was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Tuesday morning.
An officer saw Hewston stumbling in a parking lot on York Street, then getting into a vehicle and traveling north on U.S. 1 at about 11:15 a.m. Friday, according to an incident report. He pulled into a gas station nearby on York Street.
Officers parked at a restaurant next to the gas station, from which they could see Hewston exit the store, retrieve a bag of ice from the ice machine outside the store and then return to his truck, police said. He appeared to be stumbling around and was very unsteady on his feet.
Officers decided to approach Hewston, but before they could exit their patrol car, they saw him urinating beside his truck in the parking lot, the report stated. Hewston was “in plain view” of the gas pumps and York Street, “which were heavily populated at this time with the general public.”
Hewston covered himself, got into his truck and tried to drive away when he saw police but stopped when an officer banged on the truck’s window, police said.
Hewston was arrested after failing multiple field sobriety tests. He provided a breath sample that yielded a blood-alcohol content of .22 percent.
Man jailed for DUI, urinating in public