Carjacking reported on Gordon Highway

An Augusta man who was arrested Wednesday after an alleged carjacking told officers he didn’t steal the car, but “rented it” from the driver by giving him money to buy drugs, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report.

An officer was dispatched to Olive Road at Martin Luther King Boulevard around 1 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a carjacking. A 48-year-old Hephzibah man said he was driving down Gordon Highway when he stopped to offer a ride to 20-year-old Cheron Witcher, who had been walking in the rain.

The driver told the officer that Witcher pulled put a gun in his face and ordered him out of the car.

Two officers later spotted the black Toyota Corolla at the intersection of Bolt Drive and 15th Avenue and followed Witcher to Dudley Drive. Witcher exited the car while it was still moving and fled on foot. The Toyota struck the side of an officer’s car, according to the report.

Witcher was apprehended several minutes later after a brief foot chase. After officers advised him of possible charges for carjacking, Witcher said he “didn’t steal any car, he rented it from the victim for $20 in crack cocaine money,” according to the report. He also offered to show officers the dope house where he dropped off the Hephzibah man who was driving the Toyota.

Witcher was charged with a felony count of obstruction of a law enforcement officer, leaving the scene of an accident, driving with out a license and reckless driving.