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Kitchens sentenced on reduced charges

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An Augusta man will spend four years in prison after pleading guilty to charges connected to a three-county police chase last year.

In what Judge Michael Annis called a "generous sentencing recommendation" by the attorneys involved, Gary Wayne Kitchens, 46, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of obstruction of an officer and several traffic violations in Superior Court on Wednesday. He will serve four years and received a five-year probation.

Kitchens nearly struck a Richmond County deputy and a North Augusta Public Safety Officer as he tried to flee from police after the theft of a CD player from Walmart in North Augusta on May 8, 2009.

A Walmart security officer tried to stop Kitchens, but he got into a Ford Ranger and drove across the street to Lowe's, where he almost ran over an officer. Richmond County Deputy Thomas King spotted Kitchens at the Augusta Super Inn on Gordon Highway and when he tried to talk to him, Kitchens shouted obscenities and backed his truck toward the police car, officials said. King had to leap out of the way to avoid being struck.

From there, Kitchens led deputies on a chase -- reaching speeds of 95 mph -- into Girard, Ga. A roadblock by authorities in Sardis halted the pursuit when Kitchens ran off the road and crashed into a peanut field, according to court testimony.

Kitchens has a history of traffic and felony offenses dating back to 1991.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 05/20/10 - 06:40 am
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This seems to be an awful lot

This seems to be an awful lot of effort for a CD player thief and the man seems to be pretty old to be pulling this kind of stuff. I hope he's checked for a mental problem. Something's obviously not right with him.

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seabeau 05/20/10 - 07:24 am
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Thanks to the authorities for

Thanks to the authorities for placing the public at risk during this high speed chase. All for a CD player. His tag number/physical description/mental state was almost certainly known by the second altercation, and he could have been picked up at a later time. We the public, need greater control over the polices used by our law enforcement agencies. Remember: To Protect and Serve.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 05/20/10 - 11:20 am
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He ought to be thanking his

He ought to be thanking his lucky stars the police officer didn't shoot him when he tried to run over him.

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 05/21/10 - 07:39 am
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SEABEAU= Are you serious? You

SEABEAU= Are you serious? You are one of the first ones that belly ache when law enforcement doesnt do "something". People like you are funny, sit behind a keyboard and complaint. go down to you local law enforcement agency, pick up an application and lets see you deal with people like this that try to run you over when you try to ask them about an incident. if not, go back to your plasma TV, your $5.50 microwave dinner and your ADT security system. Get a tag you say? Thats what THEY DID you nitwit, and when Richmond county found the vehicle, he tried to RUN OVER THEM as well. Read the story. "To protect and serve" is a moniker that some politician or mayor gave law enforcement to be politically correct. NO WHERE in the GA constitution does it read "protect and serve" (If you find it, let me know). If anything police have a duty "to serve and protect" themselves from maniacs like this one.

cajunnana2000
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cajunnana2000 05/22/10 - 12:39 am
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Wow what a lucky man to get a

Wow what a lucky man to get a few years in prison, most get killed for attempting to kill an officer when they do the things he did.

mable8
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mable8 05/28/10 - 02:28 am
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Just another day: FYI,

Just another day: FYI, "protect and serve" may not be in the GA State Constitution, but it IS in the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics. I think some posters are upset because the felon did not receive a greater sentence--and he should have. Eventually, he will be back on the streets, committing the same criminal acts, and return through the revolving doors of the prison system. This man clearly does not believe the laws are for everyone since he is exempt. Too bad the Judge did not exercise HIS right to confer a greater sentence (Judges are NOT bound to any agreements made between attorneys).

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 06/21/10 - 11:14 am
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MABLE8= Law enforcement is

MABLE8= Law enforcement is not mandated to follow Ethics. They are mandated to follow law. It would be REAL NICE if ALL law enforcement would have ethics and police depts try to hire people with ethics, but it is not against the law to be unethical. Once again if you find it anywhere on the law books, let me know.

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