Crime & Courts

Police: Man trying to avoid arrest crashes car, leaves 4-year-old behind

AIKEN -- An Aiken man accused of driving recklessly with his 4-year-old son in the car to escape arrest is being sought by police on allegations he crashed the car during the pursuit and then left his son behind when he took off running, officials say.

Kunta Kinta Holley, 31, of Old Trail Road in Beech Island, is wanted on two counts of criminal domestic violence, leaving the scene of an accident with a minor injury, child endangerment, failure to stop for blue lights, failure to comply and driving under sus-pension.

On Christmas Day, Aiken Public Safety officers learned there was a domestic dispute ongoing at a Charleston Street residence. While on their way to the home, police learned the suspect, Holley, was possibly armed with a gun and was wanted for a previ-ous domestic violence charge, the responding officer noted in his incident report.

The suspect was then seen leaving the area in a white Lincoln Town Car, which police reported seeing as it turned south on Charleston Street.

The officer stated in his report that he turned on his blue lights and siren where the road intersected with South Boundary Avenue, but the vehicle turned left and the driver sped up.

The car then passed another vehicle on a double yellow line and then continued to speed away until he crashed into a tree, the officer reported.

The driver jumped out of the vehicle and, despite police commands to stop, took off running, police said.

Two people were in the car -- a 4-year-old boy in the back seat and an adult woman, police said.

She was complaining of back pains, and the young boy reportedly had a cut on his ear, according to arrest warrants.

Aiken Public Safety called for the Aiken Bloodhound Tracking Team, but Holley remains at large, said Lt. David Turno, a spokesperson for Aiken Public Safety.

Investigators say they have linked the suspect to a November domestic assault when he was accused of striking a woman several times and threatening to kill her.

On Thursday, the suspect reportedly threatened the woman again, saying he was going to kill her.

The 31-year-old is wanted by other law enforcement agencies, as well.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Aiken Public Safety at 642-7620 or Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) CRIME-SC.

-- Aiken Standard, McClatchy-Tribune Regional News