A 26-year-old Augusta man is wanted for felony fleeing and eluding charges after he fled in a vehicle from a Richmond County deputy sheriff at around 1:30 a.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The pursuit ended when the deputy was seriously injured in a crash.
An incident report in the case shows that the officer first starting pursuing the motorist after he failed to pull over for a minor traffic infraction along Augusta’s Gordon Highway. Instead of doing so, he took off in his 2013 Dodge Avenger. At various points in time, his speed reached as high as 90 miles per hour.
The deputy later sped down Bobby Jones Expressway and then along Aiken Augusta Highway into North Augusta until the chase ended when the deputy crashed his car nearby 1000 Paddock Lane. According to witness statements taken by investigators, the officer’s high-speed chase of the man and water on the road may have caused him to slide into curb nearby Greg’s Gas Plus.
A spokesperson for the sheriff’s department notes that the crash didn’t stop there, though. After colliding with the curb, he crossed a median, struck a tree, went up a hill and landed along an embankment.
The veteran officer suffered several broken bones in the crash and will reportedly need surgery to deal with an injury to the lower portion of his body. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s department expects it to take several months for him to recover from his injuries and get back on the job. He remains hospitalized at Augusta University Medical Center.
Of the thousands of car crashes that occur in Georgia each year, few motorists are as fortunate to survive ones as serious as the one that occurred here. If you’ve suffered serious injuries in an automobile accident due to someone else’s negligence, then you’ll want to have an Augusta attorney provide you with legal representation so that you can recover the compensation that you deserve in your case.