Augusta driver charged with fleeing police in wrong-way wreck

Police said a 22-year-old Augusta man fleeing a Richmond County investigator hit two vehicles Wednesday while driving the wrong direction on Jimmie Dyess Parkway.

 

According to a news release, Sgt. Paul Godden tried to pull over a blue BMW driving recklessly and almost running other drivers off Barton Chapel Road about 12:20 p.m.

Police said the driver, Phetariah Forde, of the 2900 block of Arrowhead Drive, refused to stop for blue lights and siren. A marked police cruiser then took over.

The BMW continued west on Gordon Highway before turning north on Jimmie Dyess Parkway in the southbound lanes. Police said it collided with two vehicles before the driver lost control.

All drivers were taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center. None of their injuries were life-threatening, according to authorities.

Forde faces charges of fleeing and attempting to elude, driving on the wrong side of the road, reckless driving and felony serious injury by vehicle.

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