A West Columbia man was arrested this morning after hitting a sheriff’s cruiser and causing injuries to a Lexington County deputy Friday night.
Michael Lewis Butler, 44, was arrested on four charges after his Chevrolet pickup truck struck the rear of a marked patrol car driven by a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department patrol supervisor. According to Sheriff James R. Metts, the deputy was responding to a call on Old Orangeburg Road, in the Red Bank community, around 9:30 p.m. when the incident occurred.
Butler fled the scene after striking the cruiser. The deputy was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released with minor cuts and bruises.
Butler was arrested early Saturday morning after detectives, with the assistance from the county’s K-9 unit, caught up to him in the woods off Beckman Road, where he had been hiding, they said.
According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident, Butler was arrested on four charges: driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a collision or “hit and run,” leaving the scene of a collision involving property damage and having an open container in a vehicle. He is being held at the county detention center while awaiting a bond hearing.