Martinez man, 35, arrested after stabbing, high-speed chase

A Martinez man faces charges in two states Friday after a domestic dispute in Columbia County and a police chase that ended in North Augusta.


Ryan Scott McQueen, 35, of Old Anderson Road, has been charged by North Augusta police with failure to stop for police, resisting arrest and leaving the scene of an accident. Mr. McQueen also faces charges in Columbia County including burglary, aggravated assault and a weapons charge, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Police say Mr. McQueen, who was arguing with his girlfriend, followed her to a friend’s Martinez house on the 200 block of Maywood Drive at about 9:45 a.m. Friday.

“Apparently this has been an ongoing situation between them,” Capt. Morris said.

Mr. McQueen’s girlfriend tried to lock the front door of the residence. Mr. McQueen forced himself into the home, where the homeowner became involved in the situation and was stabbed by Mr. McQueen, Capt. Morris said.

The homeowner, Anthony Arcuri, 34, was taken to the Medical College of Georgia with a head laceration and a stab wound to his shoulder, Capt. Morris said. His injuries were not life-threatening, he added.

Mr. McQueen then fled in a white Nissan Pathfinder, which was spotted by Richmond County deputies. Mr. McQueen, being pursed by police, continued to drive into North Augusta, where he collided with a car at Spring Grove and Georgia avenues. No one was hurt in the wreck, said North Augusta Department of Public Safety Detective Tim Thornton.

Mr. McQueen drove away, but was stopped in Aiken County at about noon after he ran over spike strips, which were placed on U.S. Highway 25 in Belvedere, S.C., Detective Thornton said.

When he refused to comply with officers at the scene, Mr. McQueen was Tasered and taken into custody, Detective Thornton said.

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