Man arrested in SUV break-in

Charles Derrick Larke was arrested and charged after a brief police chase.

Columbia County authorities arrested an Augusta man Wednesday after a brief chase with police.

Charles Derrick Larke, the 28-year-old son of former Richmond County school Superintendent Charles Larke, was charged with
fleeing and attempting to elude police, entering an
automobile with the intent to commit a theft, and several traffic charges.

An Evans man called authorities just before 5 a.m. Wednesday to report that someone broke into his 2001 Chevrolet Suburban.

The caller said the passenger window of his SUV was broken, and a wooden box containing audio subwoofers was stolen.

Soon after the call, deputies found the thieves’ vehicle on North Belair Road. When a deputy tried to stop the Ford Explorer, its driver led police on a brief chase into Richmond County.

Deputies arrested Larke at the scene, and the subwoofers were found inthe Explorer. The other occupant has not been arrested; authorities are still trying to identify him. The Explorer belonged to a sheriff’s office employee who was not
involved in the incident, Capt. Steve Morris said.

Larke is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.