Man turns himself in days after chase

Richard Adam German, 39, of Powell Road in Augusta, turned himself in to authorities Monday, three days after leading deputies on a brief chase.

An Augusta man surrendered to authorities Monday, three days after he supposedly led deputies on a brief chase.


Richard Adam German, 39, of the 1700 block of Powell Road, was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving and driving without a license, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

A deputy driving on Wrights­boro Road near Rey­nolds Road about 1:30 a.m. Friday saw a dark truck behind Bellevue Baptist Church. As the deputy approached, the truck quickly drove onto Reynolds Road, according to a Columbia County sheriff’s report. The deputy turned on lights and sirens, but the Dodge Dakota didn’t pull over.

The truck stopped briefly at an intersection, then sped along Lewis Road to Gor­don Highway. It circled through a neighborhood on Willhaven Drive and came back out to Gor­don Highway and Pow­ell Road, according to the report. German drove on the shoulder briefly before jumping out and running into a wooded area, the report said.

Deputies interviewed a passenger in the truck who identified German as the driver. The passenger wasn’t charged.

German is being held in the Columbia County Deten­tion Center without bond, according to Morris.