Richmond County deputy arrested after police chase

Sylvester Rosier

An off-duty Richmond County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Thursday after hitting a parked vehicle and leading his colleagues on a pursuit south on Peach Orchard Road.

Deputy Sylvester Rosier was leaving Coyote’s Nightclub, in the 2500 block of Peach Orchard Road, about 2:30 a.m. when he got in a fight with two people, according to a news release.

The fight was broken up by two special-duty deputies. Rosier was leaving in his private vehicle when he hit a parked vehicle and caused minor damage.

When Rosier continued driving, one of the special-duty deputies pursued him for about a mile before Rosier pulled over just before Interstate 520.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength said Rosier claimed he didn’t know the deputy was behind him.

Rosier was arrested on charges of DUI, hit and run, and fleeing and attempting to elude.

Rosier made bond Thursday morning and has been suspended without pay pending an Internal Affairs investigation.

Strength said Thursday that Rosier was hired in November 2008, his first job in law enforcement.

The Augusta Chronicle archives show that Rosier was one of two deputies who shot and killed a murder suspect holding a knife to his wife’s throat in 2009.

“I hate what happened,” Strength said about Thursday’s incident. “He’s a good officer.”

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