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Man turns himself in days after chase

Posted: January 14, 2013 - 2:21pm  |  Updated: January 14, 2013 - 2:23pm
Richard Adam German, 39, of Augusta, turned himself in to authorities Monday, three days after he led deputies on a brief chase Friday.   Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Richard Adam German, 39, of Augusta, turned himself in to authorities Monday, three days after he led deputies on a brief chase Friday.

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An Augusta man turned himself into authorities Monday, three days after he led deputies on a on a brief chase early Friday morning.

Richard Adam German, 39, of the 1700 block of Powell Road, turned himself in Monday and was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving and driving without a license, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

A deputy patrolling Wrightsboro Road near Reynolds Road at about 1:30 a.m. Friday saw a dark-colored truck behind Bellevue Baptist Church. As the deputy approached, the driver, later identified as German, drove quickly out of the parking lot and onto Reynolds Road, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. German didn’t stop for the deputy, who turned on lights and sirens to pull over the Dodge Dakota.

German stopped briefly at an in intersection, then sped along Lewis Road to Gordon Highway. He went into a subdivision on Willhaven Drive, circled through the neighborhood and came back out to Gordon Highway and Powell Road, according to the report. German drove his truck on the shoulder briefly before jumping out and running into nearby woods.

Deputies interviewed a passenger in the truck who identified German as the driver, according to the report. The passenger wasn’t charged.

German is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to Morris.

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