According to an incident report, authorities were alerted to the car theft around 8 p.m. Monday when a 28-year-old woman told authorities she left Wireless Now at 3217 Wrightsboro Road and noticed her 1999 Pontiac was missing.
She told deputies the vehicle had been left unsecured and running while she was inside the business.
A deputy spotted the vehicle five blocks away and became involved in a chase. The vehicle crashed three times before eventually coming to a stop in an empty retention pond at Store More self storage units at 3515 Wrightsboro Road, police said.
The driver, Gemell Minniefield, first crashed into the patrol vehicle pursuing him, followed by a parked truck on the 3800 block of Wrightsboro Road and then a fence at Store More.
The vehicle eventually came to a rest in the retention pond.
Minniefield is being held at the Richmond County jail on charges of felony theft by taking, speeding, driving while license is suspended or revoked, reckless driving, two charges of duty stop when striking an unattended vehicle, failure to stop upon hitting a fixture and fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.