Man charged with firing at police during chase

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An Augusta man is in jail in McCormick County tonight after being accused of firing shots at police during a pursuit that crossed state lines.

Todd Harbuck, 32, of Lakemont Drive, who was wanted for questioning in Columbia County in regard to two incidents, was spotted by Columbia County sheriff’s deputies just before 7 p.m. on Blackstone Camp Road near Furys Ferry Road in Martinez.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Mr. Harbuck was driving a white 2003 Jeep Cherokee that had been reported stolen last week from the Econo Lodge motel on South Belair Road.

Mr. Harbuck was also wanted in connection with a residential burglary in which a weapon was stolen last month, Capt. Morris said.

During the pursuit, Capt. Morris said, Mr. Harbuck fired shots at Columbia County and South Carolina Highway Patrol officers.

Mr. Harbuck faces a number of charges in Georgia and South Carolina, including aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, Capt. Morris said.

Mr. Harbuck is expected to be extradited to Columbia County after facing charges in South Carolina, Capt. Morris said.

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