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Aiken Officer Who Worked Steeplechase is Arrested for DUI Hours Later


An Aiken officer who worked the Steeplechase event Saturday was arrested hours later while allegedly driving drunk, authorities said.

Sgt. Aaron Hunkins, with the Aiken Department of Public Safety, has since resigned after his DUI arrest at 1:02 a.m. Sunday. His mugshot was not available at the time of this posting.

The arrest was made by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office after a traffic stop on Augusta Road near Ash Street. The vehicle was being stopped for speeding and not maintaining the lane, sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said. Hunkins was charged with DUI and booked into the detention center.

Hunkins had been helping the Aiken Steeplechase event earlier Saturday along with many other local officers. He was employed as the sergeant over the Community Service Division, according to ADPS Lt. Jennifer Hayes.

In a bio on his LinkedIn page, Hunkins said he has prior military experience, serving four active duty years as a Marine, along with some reserve time.

“I am working on my MBA, with a concentration in Human Resource management,” the page says. “I plan on using this graduate degree to either move forward in law enforcement, or transfer into the business industry.”

The arrests comes just one week after Aiken County lost another officer to a DUI arrest. ACSO Deputy Justin Rutland resigned from the agency after being charged last weekend with DUI in Savannah.

Rutland was a 10-year veteran of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, working most recently in special operations. But he suddenly resigned Monday after he was stopped by the Georgia State Patrol and charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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