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Former superintendent's son arrested

Charles Larke's son caught while trying to flee police

Posted: June 7, 2012 - 10:09am  |  Updated: June 7, 2012 - 11:36am
Charles Derrick Larke, 28, of Conifer Circle in Augusta, was charged Wednesday with fleeing and attempting to elude police and other traffic charges after a brief chase that led into Richmond County.  Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Charles Derrick Larke, 28, of Conifer Circle in Augusta, was charged Wednesday with fleeing and attempting to elude police and other traffic charges after a brief chase that led into Richmond County.

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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.

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Comments (11)


Really making something of

Really making something of his life. I see he still lives at his parent(s) home, unless he owns a home in Conifer Circle. Charles Jr. needs the boot from the crib.


My suggestion to Dr. Larke.

My suggestion to Dr. Larke. Let him spend time in jail to straighten himself out. He probably will go to jail in any case with this crime, but it could be the best thing to ever happen to him. Look at it all as a blessing. My thoughts are with you, Dr. Larke. Heed my advice.

Little Lamb

Threat to society

If you own a vehicle and park it in your driveway, carport, or on the curb; this man is a threat to you. He obviously gets a thrill of breaking into cars and taking electronic gadgets. He needs some time out to think about the future.

My question is (rhetorically speaking, of course) how old does a man have to be before the News-Times quits referring to him as the son of some public figure? Let him stand on his own two feet. The sins of the father are not visited on the son.

Just My Opinion

Raul, Riverman, and Little Lamb..

..all good comments. I hate to say it, but the guy is just a sorry person right now. Apparently he just needs to hit bottom before he decides to live right, and I hope that's soon. And Little, you're right about including the father's name. We all know that a child can be brought up correctly, but whether they heed that teaching is up to them.


Glad to see

I am glad to see that we are unanimous about the wrongful connection of family. I am no fan of Larke Sr., but his grown son's actions have nothing to do with the fact dad was a public figure. He is a bad seed, period.

Barry, you are better than this.

Barry Paschal

Larke's name

I apologize if any of you are offended by the connection of a public figure to his lawbreaking child (or any other relationships involving a public figure), but we all know there's nothing new about that phenomena. That's one of the realities of being a public figure: just as relatives will be in a position to profit from a good name (think Charles Walker Jr. before dad got busted), so also will they drag that name down if they get in trouble. It goes both ways.


If Obama had a son he'd look

If Obama had a son he'd look like Charles.



Why then does the AC report title the same event differently? The fact that this is Dr. Lark's son can just appear in the story. I'm sure there are examples of well known folks' relatives treated this way. The fact that you bring up the Walkers is an interesting way to justify your actions.

Craig Spinks

"Cool parents"

Neither my county of residence nor My Hometown has a monopoly on "cool parents." Unfortunately, both have too, too many.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

1 Happy Dawg

Darned if you do or don't

I don't think the AC can win on this issue. If they report the connection of the offender to his public figure parent they are criticized and if they don't they will be accused of covering up the connection....which way do you want it guys?


Crime is our entertainment and we act surprised we this happens.

Face reality folks, the apple does not fall far the tree. All human failings can be traced directly back to childhood. Just like the fall of man can be traced back to the Garden of Eden. Just because you live in an affluent neighborhood or have great wealth does not exempt any human from this fact. Materialism does not build or promote good character. No such thing as a bad seed, just bad parenting and bad human examples in the neighborhood. Did not the mayor have a DUI earlier in his life. Children just model the human examples that they are exposed to. Something was definitely lacking in juniors childhood. Keep that in mind the next time you so-called god people want to criticize the not so good people who have wayward children. Sometimes money can cover up misdeeds, sometimes money can't.