An Augusta man remained in custody Thursday night after police said he rammed two cars driven by Richmond County sheriff's investigators while trying to avoid arrest.
Jacob Asher Plowright, 19, of Richmond Hill Road, was jailed Wednesday night after a police chase led to his apprehension in a south Augusta neighborhood, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Blaise Dresser.
About 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, Investigators Dan Carrier and Paul Godden were working near Tobacco Road Elementary School when they recognized Mr. Plowright, who was wanted in connection with another case. He was driving a late-model Chrysler 300-C.
When the investigators tried to pull Mr. Plowright over, he drove the Chrysler toward their unmarked vehicles, Investigator Dresser said.
The ramming occurred at the exit portion of the Tobacco Road Elementary School parking lot while school was in session, he said. However, there was no direct threat to student safety.
After crashing into the cars, Mr. Plowright led police on a half-mile car chase to the entrance of the Raintree subdivision.
After arresting Mr. Plowright, police discovered the car had been stolen from Dick Smith Chrysler in Aiken on March 7. Police also found a stolen Colt .45-caliber pistol underneath a car seat, Investigator Dresser said.
Investigator Dresser said it was purely coincidental that the investigators saw the wanted man near the school.
"Before that, we didn't know the car was stolen," Investigator Dresser said.
Mr. Plowright was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer; two counts of theft by receiving stolen property; carrying a weapon on school property and carrying a concealed weapon, all felonies.
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