Richmond County Sheriff’s trainee injured in vehicle pursuit

Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy trainee, Richard Russell PROVIDED BY RICHMOND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

A Richmond County Sheriff’s trainee was injured Wednesday morning after he was hit by another patrol car in a chase involving a stolen vehicle.

Deputy Richard Russell sustained a possible broken leg and was taken to an area hospital for treatment after he attempted to chase down a 16-year-old teen accused of stealing a white 2017 Nissan Altima. Russell was accidentally struck by another patrol car involved in the chase when he jumped out of his vehicle and attempted to run after the teen.

The car chase began at 7: 35 a.m. after deputies attempted to stop the suspect at the intersection of Randall Road and Heard Avenue, a news release states. It ended at Cedar and Telfair streets when the juvenile driver jumped from the vehicle while it was still in motion and began running, according to the news release.

The teen was arrested and charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, a felony, driving without a license and theft by receiving.

Other charges may be added, according to the news release.

 

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