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.
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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.