A Hephzibah man who is accused of slamming the stolen car he was driving into a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy’s cruiser made his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
William David Beasley appeared in Richmond County Magistrate Court to hear the charges lodged against him – aggravated assault on a police officer, theft and simple battery.
According to the warrants read by Judge Stephen Shepard, Beasley is accused of ramming Deputy Eddie Perez’s car about 4 a.m. Monday in the parking area of the Knights Inn on Boy Scout Road. Beasley didn’t have permission to drive the vehicle, according to the arrest warrant. Beasley was charged with misdemeanor battery on an accusation of abusing a woman that same night.
Beasley, 32, was paroled in March after serving time for fleeing, according to court records. He also has drug convictions in Richmond and Aiken counties.