Attempted meat theft leads to chase, man's arrest

An Augusta man attempting to flee police after shoplifting $350 worth of steak from a grocery store was arrested Friday after he ran over stop sticks, blew his tires and surrendered to officials in the front yard of a relative’s house, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Juan A. Singley, 46, faces a felony charge of fleeing to elude arrest and two misdemeanor counts of shoplifting and driving while license revoked.

Singley was taken into custody about 7:15 p.m. Friday in the front yard of a residence in the 2200 block of Moncrief Street after leading police on a 15-mile high-speed chase through south Augusta.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies began chasing Singley at 6:53 p.m., after they were called about a man stealing six baby-back ribs, three ribeye steaks and nine New York strip steaks from Bi-Lo at 2512 Tobacco Road.

A deputy reportedly turned on his lights and sirens on Windsor Spring Road near the intersection of Anthony Dajuan Parkway. From there, the two traveled down Tobacco and Peach Orchard roads, Georgia Highway 88 and Windsor Spring and Travis roads, before stop sticks were deployed on Moncrief Street.

According to police, the chase reached 90 mph and Singley was “swerving in both lanes and failing to stop” for signs and traffic. No one was injured.

After Singley’s tires blew, deputies say he circled the neighborhood and pulled into the yard on Moncrief Street, where, according to phone records, relatives live.

At the end of the chase, police discovered Singley had left the meat in a shopping cart at the Bi-Lo parking lot.


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