A 20-year-old Augusta man has been charged with several crimes after his car struck a police officer’s leg when it sped away from a traffic stop.
According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, an officer pulled over a 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer about 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Deans Bridge Road because the driver, identified as Montrey Shavarez Scott, of Dahlia Drive, was not wearing a seatbelt. The officer said Scott appeared very nervous and there was a marijuana odor coming from the car. The officer had already taken Scott’s driver’s license information when another deputy arrived at the scene.
One of the officers was attempting to talk to the driver about possible drugs in the car when he put the car in gear and drove off, striking the deputy’s leg.
Police said the Lancer reached speeds of about 85 mph in the 45 mph zone before the driver crashed into a mailbox on Libby Drive.
The driver and passenger ran from the vehicle. Although neither were located, police did find about 12 grams of marijuana in the vehicle.
Scott was picked up by police Monday on charges of failure to yield, too fast for conditions, not wearing a seatbelt, failure to stop upon hitting a fixture, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, fleeing and attempting to elude and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
The injured officer was taken to University Hospital for treatment.