Suspect sought in fatal Augusta car crash

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 6:58 PM
Last updated Friday, May 28, 2010 9:55 PM
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Authorities are looking for a man wanted on a vehicular homicide charge in connection with a fatal vehicle crash on Feb. 11.
Richmond County Sgt. Blaise Dresser said that James Richard Brantley, 29, is wanted on one charge of first degree vehicular homicide and two charges of aggravated assault. He is wanted in Edgefield County for burglary, and is also wanted on charges of felony forgery in Richmond County in connection with a separate incident.
About 11:50 a.m. Feb. 11, Columbia County deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on Brantley and when he failed to stop, the police pursuit continued into Richmond County, Dresser said.

James Richard Brantley, sought in fatal car crash.  Special
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James Richard Brantley, sought in fatal car crash.

During the pursuit, Brantley ran a red light at the intersection of Wrightsboro Road and Heard Avenue and struck a vehicle being driven by Kenneth Beard. Beard's parents, Glenn and Mattie Beard, were also passengers in the vehicle. The Beard family was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment.
Kenneth Beard suffered minor back pain and Mattie Beard suffered broken ribs.
Glenn Beard, 86, sustained broken ribs, contusions on his lungs and blood in his chest from the accident, Dresser said. He remained in the hospital until he died Saturday from the injuries.

Anyone with information on Brantley's whereabouts can contact the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.

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Bumm
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Bumm 03/10/10 - 08:16 pm
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Better call America's Most

Better call America's Most Wanted because judging by the tattoo's he probably long gone.

Bumm
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Bumm 03/10/10 - 08:16 pm
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Better call America's Most

Better call America's Most Wanted because judging by the tattoo's he probably long gone.

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CobaltGeorge 03/10/10 - 08:25 pm
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I just wonder how close my 3

I just wonder how close my 3 round shot group would be using the cheek tattoo as the bulls eye.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 03/10/10 - 08:40 pm
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I like the mark near his

I like the mark near his jugular! We could compete, George!

Gothamist
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Gothamist 03/10/10 - 08:42 pm
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Cobalt- I guess he can add a

Cobalt- I guess he can add a second tear. What a [filtered word]

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 03/10/10 - 08:45 pm
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Doesn't that "tear" mean he

Doesn't that "tear" mean he has killed before?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/10/10 - 08:48 pm
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As bad as our judical system

As bad as our judical system is, it is still the best in the world. Handling poo humans like this is when it becomes sucky.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/10/10 - 08:54 pm
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Why is it that we can trace a

Why is it that we can trace a cow with mad cow disease back it its parents but not find this.....in over one day less of a month.

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glassrinkmaker 03/10/10 - 09:05 pm
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SOB needs a bullet, and I

SOB needs a bullet, and I would gladly give it to him--Notice the tatoo on neck--scum agree with sarge--(group size, of course) By the way Sarge, spent 3 rotations at NTC and AF no less--go figure !

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 03/10/10 - 10:33 pm
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Glass, I heard it's

Glass, I heard it's multi-service training!

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 03/10/10 - 10:35 pm
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Well, my killing days ended

Well, my killing days ended in 1970, at Phouc Vinh, although I would protect my family and friends with lethal force, should the necessity arise!

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Sargebaby 03/10/10 - 10:46 pm
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Glass, the Fly-Guys did great

Glass, the Fly-Guys did great service for us gun toters. Fastest trip across the pond was in a C-141. Like to froze my can off, but it was fast! Made it to McCord in 17 hours, if I recall correctly.
Might have been 18 to 20 hours total. It was a sobering sad journey.
The cargo was half equipment damaged by combat, and half Military caskets. My tears nearly froze. Maybe that's why they kept it so cold in the cargo hold.

glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 03/10/10 - 10:48 pm
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Fastest 17hours you ever

Fastest 17hours you ever spent, I betcha! My rotations were as a ALO/Terminal Attack Controller as the 17th ASOS Director of Operations supporting 3BDE/3ID, Fort Benning!

tjd
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tjd 03/10/10 - 11:37 pm
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ccso was after him for an

ccso was after him for an expired tag should have called the chase off. i do think he should get life. that cc officer should have not chased him a high speeds for such minor charge .

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Dixieman 03/10/10 - 11:38 pm
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Insert needle in mark on

Insert needle in mark on jugular after he's strapped on the gurney.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 03/10/10 - 11:41 pm
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You're right, Glass! Also the

You're right, Glass! Also the highest altitude I've ever been. Over 20K feet. Never made it to Benning. I'll have to rough out a draft of all my assignments and put up a list one day. In brief, one tour in Germany, two in Korea, and two in Vietnam. In the Navy, El Centro NAS, and all over the Pacific on the USS Bon Homme Richard CVA-31. Five asignments to Fort Gordon!

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 03/10/10 - 11:43 pm
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That's too humane, Dixieman!

That's too humane, Dixieman! A firing squad would be about right!

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 03/10/10 - 11:45 pm
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I see you're a Brother of the

I see you're a Brother of the Nam! Thank you for your service, Sir! God bless you! Have you been checking your PSA?

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Rolling Eyes 03/11/10 - 10:47 am
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Did he escape after the

Did he escape after the crash? Was he caught and processed then released? When did the Edgefield county burglary and Richmond county forgery crimes happen? Before or after the wreck? If they happened before the wreck (and presumably was captured) the police were sloppy in letting him get away. This article needs more information...

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sassylassie 03/11/10 - 10:51 am
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Of course, the jerk is

Of course, the jerk is smiling in his photograph. Sickening.

butler123
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butler123 03/11/10 - 11:13 am
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Look at the smug look on his

Look at the smug look on his face. He knows he fixing to go on vacation w/free meals. What a piece of you know what.

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flipa 03/11/10 - 11:33 am
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You can modify a small

You can modify a small whaler's harpoon that could have been fired into the back of his vehicle. It opens up real big so as it punctures through the sheet metal it stays put untill you screw it off from the inside. All the car behind would have to do is let off the gas. Elementary...
Ran It by Waymore and he poo pooed the idea but i still think it could have prevented this murder and ALL car chases where the chaser can get within 100 ft of the back of the fleeing car.

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HHSgrad 03/11/10 - 12:03 pm
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He does not have a drivers

He does not have a drivers license, suspended tag, and vehicle he was driving was not regristered to him. He was captured and released the same night by CCSO. He is also wanted in CC and by McD Co as well.

HHSgrad
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HHSgrad 03/11/10 - 12:03 pm
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He does not have a drivers

He does not have a drivers license, suspended tag, and vehicle he was driving was not regristered to him. He was captured and released the same night by CCSO. He is also wanted in CC and by McD Co as well.

HHSgrad
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HHSgrad 03/11/10 - 12:03 pm
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He does not have a drivers

He does not have a drivers license, suspended tag, and vehicle he was driving was not regristered to him. He was captured and released the same night by CCSO. He is also wanted in CC and by McD Co as well.

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Riverman1 03/11/10 - 01:06 pm
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We need some type of OnStar

We need some type of OnStar like capability to turn off a car's engine in all vehicles. Like in the commercial. It would have to be combined with a computer system of some kind to identify a targeted car and so on. You know how I've ranted about how dangerous high speed chases are. That would solve the problem. I believe we have the technology now.

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Ttowns03 03/12/10 - 12:35 pm
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MY FIRST COMMENT TO RIVERMAN:

MY FIRST COMMENT TO RIVERMAN: Absolutely NOT. The last thing we need is more governmental control. Maybe you feel more secure with "Big Brother" peeking around at everything you do, but not I. While your suggestion would make it easier to capture fleeing criminals, why don't we assess the far-reaching impact on all citizens...to include law-abiding ones.

Also, I think God would have us consider our own sin before casting stones...or bullets at this man. I do not condone his decisions to break the law, and I pray for the family's affected by the consequences of those decisions. But, a news story and a picture allows us to dehumanize the reality of the story. Do not forget, though, that this man is someone's child, possibly someone's father (whether or not he takes on that responsibility or not). While we pass judgment and sentence this man to death, remember that God sent His Son to die in our sted...while we were sinners. Do not under-estimate the power of God's love, grace, and mercy and His ability to impact lives when we see no good in a situation. "He works all things together for good." "'Revenge is mine,' thus saith the Lord." Instead of casting stones, the prudent thing to do would be to pray for the family injured in the most recent accident, the family of the life lost in the original accident, James Brantley's family, AND for James himself.

BTW, I, too, am a war veteran. Thank you, gentlemen, for you service. God Bless America.

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