Driver involved in police chase identified

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 9:39 AM
Last updated 10:16 AM
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The driver of a vehicle involved in a Tuesday afternoon police chase that ended with a crash at Wrightsboro and Hickman roads has been identified.

Hundreds of plastic bottles were scattered about the road after Victor James Evans, the driver of a green Honda Accord, smashed into a flat-bed truck carrying soda, water and juice, according to the police report and Richmond County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Gay.

Authorities said Evans, 32, of 2526 Milledgeville Road, and the driver of the truck, James Brown Sr., 72, of Chestnut Street, were both taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital for minor injuries.

Evans was charged with disregarding a stop sign, fleeing and attempting to elude an officer, driving without a license and reckless driving, according to the report.

A passenger in the car, Gary Thomas, 44, was also taken to the hospital. No charges have been filed against Thomas at this time.

A deputy began to pursue the car because it matched the description of a vehicle believed to have been used by a man during a theft from the Family Dollar on Broad Street earlier Tuesday, Lt. Steven Strickland said.

The chase began at Walton Way and Milledge Road, continuing east on Walton Way before turning south on Hickman. The chase ended when Evans ran a stop sign at the intersection of Hickman and Wrightsboro Road, colliding with the flat-bed truck.

The truck caught fire and traveled down the hill, finally stopping in the yard of a home at 2063 Wrightsboro Road.

The accident also caused a power pole to snap, leaving about 900 homes and businesses in the area without power, according to a Georgia Power spokeswoman. Power was later restored to most homes.

Lt. Strickland said Evans ran from deputies after the accident but was quickly caught. Thomas, the passenger in the car, had to be cut from the vehicle.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

ONLINE EXTRA: See a map of the route of the police chase.

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UncleStrom
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UncleStrom 12/16/09 - 10:53 am
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As reported in the AC on Dec

As reported in the AC on Dec 10, 2009 - Sentenced by Judge Annis - Victor James Evans , 32, of the 1500 block of Walker Street, theft by taking; Sept. 30: five years' probation and ordered to pay restitution, reside with mother and abide by all household rules, take medications as prescribed and follow up with mental health treatment

UncleStrom
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UncleStrom 12/16/09 - 10:57 am
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How'd all that work out?

How'd all that work out?

AsItIs
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AsItIs 12/16/09 - 11:17 am
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ntg~!!!

ntg~!!!

nelsonhargrove
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nelsonhargrove 12/16/09 - 11:24 am
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Another one of those raised

Another one of those raised as a member of the entitlement crowd. Laws don't apply to them!

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 12/16/09 - 11:33 am
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Just Nuts4 says="Another

Just Nuts4 says="Another article by the AMW attempting to put young men in a bad light. These young men should be able to commit as many felonies as neccesary to make it in this tough economy. This article only benefits you know who. Great country eh? I'm a bitter old man and I chain myself to the wreckage of the accident and go on a hunger strike untill this men are set free"

Notreally
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Notreally 12/16/09 - 11:40 am
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Hmmm I wonder why so many NON

Hmmm I wonder why so many NON blacks thinks when it's a issue on crime, they spew the word entitlement? Typical. You can tell when a NON black post.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 12/16/09 - 11:45 am
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NOTREALLY not only is that

NOTREALLY not only is that CLOWN a NON-Black he is a certified IDIOT. JUST ANOTHER STUPID IDIOT

UncleStrom
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UncleStrom 12/16/09 - 11:47 am
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Notreally, it's pretty easy

Notreally, it's pretty easy really. The spelling and grammar are usually correct and the post contains facts and don't blame everything on Bush.

MeinAugusta2
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MeinAugusta2 12/16/09 - 12:03 pm
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UncleStrom - =)

UncleStrom - =)

Notreally
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Notreally 12/16/09 - 12:04 pm
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And UncleStrom because it's

And UncleStrom because it's WHITE don't mean it's right.

Notreally
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Notreally 12/16/09 - 12:05 pm
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Hello...

Hello...

UrbanMeyerHater
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UrbanMeyerHater 12/16/09 - 12:06 pm
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Guess who gets to pay for the

Guess who gets to pay for the power pole, clean up, even the truck that was hit? You do. This scum bag Evans needs to be quietly executed.

Notreally
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Notreally 12/16/09 - 12:08 pm
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Well UncleStrom do you agree,

Well UncleStrom do you agree, Because it's WHITE don't mean it's right?

ispy4u
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ispy4u 12/16/09 - 12:18 pm
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No but they blame everything

No but they blame everything on Obama and pull a GHOST when the suspect is Black. Grammar correct and still idiots.

UncleStrom
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UncleStrom 12/16/09 - 12:38 pm
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I agree we have many white

I agree we have many white folks that post stupid things and many white criminals. We just lose statistically in the latter category based on overall percentages of population. You win! Congrats!

JANDEN
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JANDEN 12/16/09 - 12:41 pm
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all of you are a bunch of

all of you are a bunch of idiots. black , white, black, white. get over it!!!!!

db16
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db16 12/16/09 - 12:46 pm
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Either way gang...this is

Either way gang...this is another catch 22 situation. I am willing to bet that the sentence to this fruitcake on December 10th wasn't from his one and only lifetime run in with the law. The judge didn't want to spend tax payer dollars (which we all complain about) to lock him up. He gives him probation...fruitcake lights the pipe yesterday and gets in another run in. Only fortunate thing is that nobody was killed! Now he will, WE ALL HOPE, be put somewhere for a while...who else besides me volunteers to pay? Oh wait...we don't have a choice...so sorry...we will all pay for him to receive A cot and 3 Hot!!!

xpresso1
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xpresso1 12/16/09 - 12:52 pm
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Ok I have a question.... I

Ok I have a question.... I see where he was charged with all the traffic violations and running from the police...but was he charged for the reason they were chasing him to begin with?? If not then I have to question why he was even chased. Also was it just a theft from Family Dollar or did he rob them? If it was just a theft, again I would have to question why they would pursue someone and risk lives over a simple theft. If they were chasing him surely they could see a tag and get the information from that, instead of risking serious injury or death to innocent bystanders. I would think that Richmond County would have a chase policy in effect, especially since they have already been involved in a chase situation where an innocent bystander was killed due to chasing someone for a minor offense. Now if this was a case of armed robbery then I am all for going after him before he has the chance to hurt someone else, but not if the chase becomes too dangerous. The sheriffs office is still accountable for everyone else during these high speed chases, and are trained to know when to end it before it becomes out of control.

justright
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justright 12/16/09 - 01:33 pm
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It was also confirmed that

It was also confirmed that the vehicle he was driving wa stolen. Felony charge. Drop him in a hole and cover it up.

justright
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justright 12/16/09 - 01:33 pm
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It was also confirmed that

It was also confirmed that the vehicle he was driving was stolen. Felony charge. Drop him in a hole and cover it up.

nelsonhargrove
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nelsonhargrove 12/16/09 - 02:25 pm
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Car stollen? He was most

Car stollen? He was most likely running to "dump" it at Cherry Crossing!

nelsonhargrove
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nelsonhargrove 12/16/09 - 03:00 pm
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ispy, you are right, I am not

ispy, you are right, I am not black--if I were I would be so dissapointed that my race had an 18% plus chance of committing crimes and going to prison to 3.4% for whites--do it girlee!!

xpresso1
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xpresso1 12/16/09 - 03:23 pm
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Ok again I must ask is

Ok again I must ask is recovering a stolen vehicle worth someone's life? I know that if my car were stolen, I would not want the police to chase the subject to the point of hurting or killing an innocent bystander just to recover it. It can be replaced, people cannot!!!! These officers need to revert back to their training.......SHOW DUE REGARD TO OTHERS!!!!! This cowboy mentality is crazy. Please dont think I am for the criminal I AM NOT however they are not worth innocents. The citizens are victims of these idiots as it is, to let them take a life or hurt someone by chasing them when it is unsafe its uncalled for. There are other ways to handle these situations...

nelsonhargrove
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nelsonhargrove 12/16/09 - 03:28 pm
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Your post says you are

Your post says you are xpresso--how do you think the will caatch the criminal---think he will turn himself in??? Come on and move back into the realistic world!

Bumm
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Bumm 12/16/09 - 04:03 pm
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A policeman walks up to the

A policeman walks up to the car with his hand on his firearm. If the suspect runs, flees the officer should shoot him so he doesn't get into a high speed chase risking innocent people. Problem solved!!!!

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 12/16/09 - 04:28 pm
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Why coudln't the pursuing

Why coudln't the pursuing officer notify another officer in the vicinity that they were approaching an intersection and to set up a roadblock? After all, there are 8-10 police cars parked in the BI-LO parking lot on Wrightsboro at any given time, so why couldn't an officer dump his coffee and toss his doughnut and help out? just an idea!

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 12/16/09 - 06:06 pm
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The suspect didn't try to run

The suspect didn't try to run over an officer and was taken into custody alive. That is a nice change of pace.....

waugusta92
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waugusta92 12/16/09 - 06:23 pm
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lol@maninthemirror. 100%

lol@maninthemirror. 100% agree xpresso1. you make too much sense for Nelson who sits on the computer all day briefing himself on stats that he can copy and paste without bothering to research. poverty is related to criminal activity, oh simple hargrove. SES beats out race, ethnicity, gender, etc on what can be used to determine whether or not someone is going to engage in crime. knowing that, it only begs further questioning regarding ethnicity and income. but you just sit back and let the educated people discuss this so you don't hurt yourself, son. keep right clicking at ignorantsouth.com\

nelsonhargrove
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nelsonhargrove 12/16/09 - 07:21 pm
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waug, can't stand the truth

waug, can't stand the truth can you truth hurting a little there boy? Statistics straight from Obama's govn't don't lie do they boy? You served your time yet?

nelsonhargrove
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nelsonhargrove 12/16/09 - 07:38 pm
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Oh, waug, poverty causes all

Oh, waug, poverty causes all those blacks 18-35 to commit the crimes that put the PsOS behind bars,. Sorry Charlie is was the govn't making them the entitlement race that said you don't have to work or be responsible for anything. If we don't "Hand" you enough feel free to take it from the ones who work for it. Hate to tell you hoss, I have more intelligence in my big toe than you and the next 100 of your closest kin!

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