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Man arrested in police pursuit, crash

Friday, July 26, 2013 1:23 PM
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A Martinez man who led police on a car pursuit Thursday night was arrested after crashing his vehicle in downtown Augusta.

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Javonist Lavert Gant, 21, was arrested after he escaped from his 2004 Suzuki Forenza, which had flipped at Seventh and Broad streets, according to a statement released by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

A passenger, Jewel Sturgis, 17, of Augusta, ran from the vehicle after the crash and was found by emergency workers lying on the sidewalk in the middle of the 700 block of Broad Street. She was treated for leg pain.

Richmond County dispatchers were notified of the chase about 10:35 p.m. after Gant ran a red light at 15th Street and Walton Way, according to authorities.

Gant continued to drive his Suzuki, initially reported by deputies as a Ford Focus, south on 15th Street to 15th Avenue and into Dogwood Terrace. The deputy pursuing Gant lost sight of the vehicle, but officers in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Olive Road saw the car turn on to King, traveling north.

About 10 minutes after the pursuit began, Gant ran the red light at Broad and Seventh streets and was hit on the driver’s side by a Nissan Maxima traveling on Broad toward Seventh, police said. Gant’s car flipped and landed on its hood in front of the Wells Fargo building on Seventh Street.

The driver and passenger in the Nissan complained of minor injuries.

Gant, who refused medical treatment, was taken to a hospital and has not yet been booked in the Richmond County jail, said sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew.

He faces charges of failing to obey a red light, reckless driving and fleeing to elude.

Gant was a suspect in the June 22, 2011, armed robbery of Belair Package Shop at 3983 Wrightsboro Road. According to a Richmond County incident report, Gant and another man were accused of robbing a store employee at gunpoint and leading deputies on a car chase into Columbia County.

The employee told authorities that a man wearing a black rag over his face and white gloves ordered him to stay behind the counter while pointing a large semi-automatic handgun at him. The robber saw something move outside and ran away without taking anything.

A black Dodge Intrepid, occupied by Gant and Anthony David Callahan, was identified as the getaway car and passed deputies on Wrightsboro Road at high speed.

The vehicle was stopped by Columbia County authorities, who arrested the men.

In Thursday night’s pursuit, deputies told dispatchers that Gant was traveling about 90 mph.

Witness Reggie Watson was standing at the Broad and Seventh streets intersection when Gant’s car sped past him and hit the Maxima.

“Dude was just coming so fast,” said Watson, who was trying to cross the street until he saw the red Suzuki and police cars approaching it.

Watson said the driver of the wrecked vehicle jumped out and tried to run, but was stopped by a police stun gun. Chew disputed that account and said Gant was not stunned.

Firefighters were called to the scene for a gas leak caused by the wreck.

Staff Writer Bianca Cain Johnson contributed to this article.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/26/13 - 01:43 pm
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Thank you so much, Javonist.

Thank you for endangering all of us because you are such a self-centered moron. Good luck making it to 30.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 07/26/13 - 01:49 pm
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Taser, no...

Stupid idiot should've been shot in the butt -- that'll drop him. Agreed Fiat -- a self-centered idiot that needs to be put away until he grows up.

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RMSHEFF 07/26/13 - 03:14 pm
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Sad....only 21 years old.

Only 21 years old and most likely will end up either killing someone or himself and a ward of the prison system for many years. I wonder if he came from a stable home with a mom and dad? My guess would be no.

malcolm33
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malcolm33 07/26/13 - 04:23 pm
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Why was he out?

Arrested in 2011 for armed robbery when he was 19 years old. This guy will grow up and die in jail because he has no respect for the law or himself.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/26/13 - 05:11 pm
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Fade Away

You would think he could have just faded into the background and not been found if he had gotten out of the vehicle in Dogwood Terrace.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/26/13 - 06:05 pm
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gant is the pride of
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the naacp, obama and holder. Can you guess why I embrace racism?

jmo
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jmo 07/26/13 - 10:12 pm
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This idiot

could have killed some innocent people. I'm sure he can be rehabilitated. NOT

corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/13 - 07:47 am
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A poster said on TJR that she

A poster said on TJR that she used to teach him in a private Christian school.

That doesn't sound like someone who had uncaring parents.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/27/13 - 09:10 am
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Video for video's sake?

That video up above doesn't do anything for me. It adds nothing to the printed story.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/27/13 - 09:33 am
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Police Pursuit

This is a true situation of .....

"Damn if you do - Damn if you don't!"

It will always be a no win action.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/27/13 - 09:34 am
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LL

Felt the same way about the video.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/27/13 - 10:54 am
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Favor

RMSHEFF posted:

Only 21 years old and most likely will end up either killing someone or himself and a ward of the prison system for many years.

Hmmmm, you got me thinking, Sheff. Gant will receive only a slap-on-the-wrist prison term for the charges they have him on. But he could do society a favor by killing a fellow inmate while he is in prison. Then he'll have to stay a long time. Win-Win.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 07/27/13 - 11:38 am
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no great loss if he is gone

no great loss if he is gone for a very long time except for the taxpayers money it take to keep him

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/27/13 - 02:07 pm
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JRC, probably cheaper on

JRC, probably cheaper on society in the long run to just incarcerate him. No telling what mischief and mayhem he can accomplish if left to run free.

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lifelongresident 07/29/13 - 10:20 am
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Javonist Lavert!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
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weel no need to say any more....we all know the same routine and the same ole, same ole....little if any education or job skills, probably a single parent household with a revolving door for the man of the week as the mammy's birthday, there will be a hearing/trial and an excuse that "mah boy a guut boy he aint not do dat steelin dat car he be scared of de polleese cause dey may profile him and shoot him casue he black"

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