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Retired Evans Teacher Gets Drunk & Spits on Cops


A retired Evans High School teacher was arrested Saturday at West Lake Country Club after becoming drunk and assaulting an EMT worker and cops who responded to help him, according to authorities.

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According to a sheriff’s report, 60-year-old Rick Mahaffie was so drunk Saturday night that he fell to the floor inside West Lake Country Club. Club employees called for an EMT to help the passed out suspect, but then Mahaffie woke up as paramedic Todd Lamb was evaluating him.

“(He) immediately began using vulgar language, punched Mr. Lamb in the stomach and spit on him,” a sheriff’s report says.

Several EMTs were holding Mahaffie down on the ground when deputies arrived. A deputy asked Mahaffie if he would cooperate if the EMT let him go, but the suspect cursed the officer, a report says.

While being escorted to a patrol car, Mahaffie spit on an officer’s shirt twice and cursed deputies. But it got worse.

“While placing Mr. Mahaffie in my patrol vehicle, Mr. Mahaffie kicked me, striking me in the chest and chin,” the deputy said in his report. “Mr. Mahaffie was handcuffed and his legs were restrained in the back of my patrol vehicle.”

Mahaffie was charged with public drunkenness, interference with emergency medical professional and two counts of obstruction of an officer.

According to online websites, Mahaffie taught history at Evans High School for many years. His nickname among students was “Slick Rick Mahaffie.”


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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.


    • Why not, at this point?
      I just hate to see this whole thing as a public writeup over what was an unusual and embarrassing situation that was completely uncharacteristic of Mr Mahaffie.

      I’ve always regarded him as a good man, and still will.

      Alcohol can certainly hurt people when allowed to be out of control. He should have had friends present who could cut him off, handle him and/or get him home with minimal drama. I have to wonder where those caring people were during this incident.

      • He made his own bed. No one else is responsible for him. Not his friends. Not his family. Not his students. He was a good guy as far as I remember and this won’t change my perspective of him. Spit happens. Guy was woke up in as drunken stupor…it is pretty common for belligerence in this scenario. …but he cast himself in that scene…no one else.

  1. I’m sorry to hear about Mr. Mahaffie’s untoward actions, but we all make them, especially while inebriated. However, as a former student of Mr. Mahaffie, I can affirm that this is not a reflection of the man who has had a profound impact on myself and many EHS students. He helped shape how we approached and analyzed United States history. I will not continue to sing his praises in light of this unfortunate incident. However, I hope that the community and victims of this mishap will grant him forgiveness.

  2. Older, drunk, spitting and police. Not good combinations. Hopefully someone will get this gentleman the help he needs because it looks like he did a lot of good in his ‘salad days.’ Kudos to the people that took the opportunity to speak of his contributions to their life. That is a refreshing change of pace nowadays.

  3. ROFL…… hilarious to see a bit of scandal at the ohhhh so respectable and exclusive West Lake Country Club.

    I bet the rich and well-connected stagger out of there, legless, every Saturday night.

    And to the guy up thread who said we all do it, especially while inebriated………no. No matter how inebriated, spitting at cops and EMS personnel is the domain of a very select group.

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