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.
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