Augusta man jailed after fleeing deputies, crashing car

Kenneth Dale Richard

An Augusta man is in jail after fleeing from Richmond County deputies and crashing his car in Burke County.

Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said Richmond County sheriff’s deputies and Hephzibah officers were chasing a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix on Mike Padgett Highway about noon Tuesday after the driver failed to stop for a traffic stop.

The driver, later identified as Kenneth Dale Richard, 38, lost control of the car shortly after crossing into Burke County while negotiating a turn at a high rate of speed just south of River Road, Wright said.

The vehicle struck an embankment and caught on fire. Richard fled the scene on foot but was soon taken into custody, Wright said.

The Georgia State Patrol and Burke County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

Richard has been booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, reckless driving, driving as a habitual violator, no seatbelt, expired tag and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

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