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      Aiken officer arrested driving police car with open beer

      Aiken officer arrested for drunk driving

      COLUMBIA (WACH)

      Aiken County authorities say a Wagener police office has been charged with drunken driving. 30-year-old Craig Martin of Wagener was off duty but driving a town police car when he was arrested about 3:30 a.m. Friday. Police Chief Tom Gray said Martin was relieved of his duties later Friday.

      A sheriff's report says Martin was driving his Ford Crown Victoria in circles around a parking lot in Aiken and traveling very slowly on Highway 39 without headlights. When deputies stopped him, he acknowledged he was an officer and provided his badge.

      The report says there was a case of beer in the car and an open beer in the cup holder. Martin refused to take a field sobriety test or a breath test.