AIKEN -- An Augusta man, accused of robbing a bank in Aiken County last year, has been sentenced in federal court to 30 months in prison.
Darrell Eugene Spires, 56, pleaded guilty in August to the Oct. 10, 2007, robbery of the Security Federal Bank in Langley.
According to a statement from the U.S. Attorneys Office in Columbia, Mr. Spires entered the bank and told a teller he wanted to make a withdrawal. When the employee asked him to fill out a withdrawal slip, Mr. Spires demanded money and removed $3,100 in cash from the teller's drawer before running out of the bank to his car.
Burnettown Police Chief David Smith saw the suspect driving away from the bank and chased him down U.S. Highway 1 toward Augusta at speeds in excess of 80 mph. Chief Smith continued the chase into Augusta, where Richmond County deputies joined the pursuit, the statement said..
Mr. Spires was arrested after he parked his car in the driveway of his own home. The stolen money, still wrapped in Security Federal banding with the tellers initials, was recovered from the car.