A North Augusta man is facing charges in two states after he tried to crash into two Richmond County officers and then fled into South Carolina, police said.
Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Phillip Hambrick and Deputy Robert Harrison were patrolling a known drug area at Second and Watkins streets about 4 p.m. Monday when they saw the suspect, Millard Fillmore Smith III, conducting a transaction at his pickup, according to an incident report.
After being seen, Smith, 45, of Edwards Drive in North Augusta, drove off in his 1998 Ford F-150. The man who had been standing at his window sped away on a bicycle.
Police said Smith ran a stop sign at Fourth Street and headed toward South Carolina on Gordon Highway while taking up two lanes. The report states Smith slammed on the brakes and swerved toward the two officers’ cars several times to make them either rear end him or force them into the concrete bridge wall on Gordon Highway.
Aiken County sheriff’s deputies assisted in the “extensive vehicle pursuit” and deployed stop sticks on Smith’s truck.
Smith continued to flee although his right rear tire was completely missing and the left front tire was flat, police said.
Smith’s truck finally came to a stop, and after a brief struggle, he was taken into custody. He was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers for leg pain.
While still wearing his hospital gown, Smith was booked into the Richmond County jail Thursday on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer. He is also facing charges in Aiken County of failure to stop for blue lights.