Authorities say the arrest of a Martinez man this morning might clear up several Augusta thefts and car break-ins.
Richmond County deputies arrested Dustin Levi Overstreet, 20, of the 400 block of Blue Ridge Parkway, a day after a scuffle with a deputy, who said the suspect pointed a small pistol at him, which misfired.
Mr. Overstreet is charged with felony obstruction of an officer, entering an auto, simple assault, carrying a concealed weapon, attempting to remove an officers duty weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to a Richmond County jail committal.
According to police accounts, a Hogan Street resident said he awoke early Sunday when he heard someone entering his car. Outside, he found a man inside his car, who then ran away.
Deputy Sylvester Rosier later saw Mr. Overstreet in a wooded area near the 1000 block of Baker Avenue and chased and caught him.
During a scuffle Mr. Overstreet began punching the deputy and tried to remove his gun from its holster. He then pulled out his own small pistol and attempted to shoot but the weapon misfired, the deputy's report said.
The suspect was able to escape from the deputy but was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. this morning at 910 Russell Street a short distance from where the break-in occurred.
Authorities say they suspect Mr. Overstreet might be responsible for a number of car break-ins in the area of McDowell Street.
He also has outstanding warrants in Columbia County, they said.