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One Call, That's All - DUI, Hit and Run and House Fire

web posted August 26, 2014

EDGEFIELD   A Slade Road woman called Edgefield Police to the 200 block of Slade Road late Friday night after she saw a dark green van miss the curve on Slade Road, flatten a road sign barely missing a power pole and then tearing up her yard before driving off and leaving the scene. Not long after police arrived on the scene, they went to the home of the possible suspect, 53-year-old Manley Hewit Crawford, of nearby Eastview Road.  
The driver seemed familiar to her, "He flies up and down this road all the time," the woman told Edgefield Daily on Monday. "I guess he just came around that curve too fast and hit the sign," she said. "Then he went across the yard tearing it up and went on up toward the end of the street."

As one officer collected the woman's statement and took photographs of the damage, a second officer and an Edgefield Sheriff's Deputy arrived at Crawford's home and asked to speak with him. Officers asked if they could take a look at his van since it matched the description of on involved in a hit and run and Crawford agreed. According to an incident report, Crawford had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person.

He unlocked the shed and opened the door and the damage to the front of the van matched that coming from such a collision.  Pieces of the busted lights found at the scene also matched. Due to the woman saying she could identify the driver he agreed to go back to the scene, where the woman identified him as the driver.

Crawford was asked if he was involved in the crash and he said he "didn't remember", according to an incident report. After further investigation Crawford was taken back to his residence and told he going to be placed under arrest and to secure his home. When he went to the door, smoke came out of the house due to him leaving a pot on the stove when police arrived and he answered the door, officers were able to put out the flames.

The Edgefield Fire Department was called to make sure the fire was out and the home was secured. Crawford was then taken to the Detention Center for booking for charges of hit and run with property damage $2,000 or more and DUI.


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