Columbia County authorities arrested the son of a former Richmond County schools leader Wednesday following a brief chase with police.
Charles Derrick Larke, the 28-year-old son of former Superintendent Charles Larke, was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police, entering an automobile with the intent to commit a theft, and several traffic charges.
An Evans man called authorities just before 5 a.m. Wednesday claiming someone broke into his 2001 Chevrolet Surburan. The man said he woke to his vehicle alarm going off, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
As he was checking on his Chevy, he saw two men get into a dark-colored sport utility vehicle and leave.
The man said the passenger window of his SUV was broken and a wooden box containing subwoofers was stolen.
Soon after the call, deputies located the suspects’ SUV on North Belair Road. When a deputy attempted to stop the Ford Explorer, its driver fled and led police on a brief chase into Richmond County.
Deputies arrested Larke at the scene, where the subwoofers were found inside the Explorer. The Explorer belonged to a sheriff’s office employee, who was not involved in the incident, Capt. Steve Morris said.
Authorities are still trying to identify the second person involved in the theft, Morris said.
Larke, of Conifer Circle in Augusta, has a history of arrests dating back to 2004, when he was charged with making a false report of a crime and entering an automobile with intent to commit theft. In 2005, he was arrested for shoplifting and dogfighting, a charge that was later dropped. He’s also been charged and sentenced for violating probation.
Most recently, Larke was charged in April with three counts of theft by receiving stolen property and three counts of financial card transaction theft.
Larke is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.