Roads reopen after negotiators talk down man threatening to jump



Augusta traffic was snarled nearly 2½ hours Wednesday morning when a 36-year-old Augusta man threatened to jump from the Bobby Jones Expressway overpass to Deans Bridge Road below.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies said Sammy Detroy Richards, of the 3300 block of Burton Drive, was upset over family issues.

He eventually was talked into surrendering by Investigator Scot Herring.

The incident sparked widespread traffic delays as sheriff’s deputies blocked lanes of both Bobby Jones Expressway and Deans Bridge Road and motorists were forced to seek detours. Lt. Ramone Lamkin said deputies were able to divert traffic, although one minor accident was blamed on the incident. All lanes were reopened by noon.

Lt. Calvin Chew said there were no charges pending connected to the incident. Richards was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center for an evaluation.



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