Officer hospitalized after traffic stop; Augustan arrested

An Augusta man is in jail after he assaulted a Richmond County officer, who had to be treated for a concussion, authorities said.


According to an incident report, Richmond County sheriff’s Cpl. Michael Dee Humphreys had stopped a Pontiac Grand Prix on Barton Chapel Road around 8:30 p.m. May 11 when the incident occurred.

The report said Humphreys noticed one of the passengers, Robert Wayne Richardson, acting suspiciously by digging into his pockets. Richardson, 31, of Dabney Drive, refused commands by the officer to stop.

After searching Richardson for weapons, Humphreys discovered a crack cocaine pipe.

When officers tried to put the suspect into a patrol car, police said, Richardson hit Humphreys in the head with his fist. During a struggle, the suspect continued to hit the officer until they fell to the ground.

Humphreys lost consciousness after his head hit the pavement.

An assisting deputy continued to struggle with the suspect until he was finally taken into custody.

Humphreys was taken to University Hospital, where he was treated for a black eye, a concussion and cuts to his head, elbow and knees. The assisting deputy, Kenneth McKenzie, also received cuts during the struggle and was hit in the chest by the suspect.

After his released from the hospital Wednesday, Richardson was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of aggravated battery, possession of drug-related objects and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.



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