High-speed chase starts in Augusta, ends in Clearwater

What started out as a check on a suspicious person turned into a police chase in two states that reached speeds of 80 mph shortly early Friday morning.

 

It ended after the suspect crashed his vehicle into a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy’s patrol cruiser.

Richmond County dispatch said a deputy tried to stop a car that was coming out of a closed business near Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road at 12:11 a.m. The driver instead fled onto Gordon Highway, and the deputy pursued.

The chase continued across the Savannah River into Aiken County. While the Richmond County deputy kept pursuing, North Augusta Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office were called in for help. The Richmond County deputy said he would keep up until South Carolina units could take over, according to Richmond County police radio broadcasts.

After following the vehicle on U.S. Highway 1, which is called Jefferson Davis Highway in that part of Aiken County, past Interstate 520 and onto South Carolina Highway 421, the Richmond County deputy lost sight of the vehicle. But a couple of minutes later, at 12:22 a.m., the deputy radioed in saying he had the suspect in custody and that the suspect’s car had crashed into the side of the deputy’s patrol cruiser, knocking off the mirror.

By then, units from North Augusta Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office had arrived for assistance. A North Augusta dispatcher said the chase ended on South Carolina 421 near Clearwater Elementary.

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