Richmond County police chase ends with crash

Timothy Baughman Jr. was taken to a hospital after crashing his car during a police chase, authorities say.

A Richmond County police chase ended with a crash and arrest in Aiken County early Monday.

Deputies say they spotted a vehicle suspected in a 12:25 a.m. shooting at Checkers in the 3400 block of Wrightsboro Road. The vehicle sped into Aiken County, where it crashed into a tree on Atomic Road at Edmunds Loop.

The driver, identified as Tim­o­thy Shane Baughman Jr., was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, then committed to the Richmond Coun­ty jail on charges of fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving while license suspended and an outstanding Superior Court bench warrant. Police found a handgun in the vehicle.

It’s the second Richmond County chase that led to a crash in Aiken County in less than a week.

On Jan. 9, two North Au­gus­ta brothers – Derrick Darden, 23, and Deante Darden, 22 – died after crashing into a tree in the 500 block of Carolina Springs Road in North Augusta. A Richmond County deputy had tried to stop the car at Fourth and Reynolds streets.