An Augusta man was arrested Saturday evening while fleeing from shoplifting at an Evans store.
Tony Anthony Fair, 27, of Riverwatch Parkway, was charged with shoplifting, obstruction, fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, failure to maintain lane, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to stop upon striking a fixture. He is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Monday on a $13,300 bond, according to jail records.
An employee of Walmart saw a man, later identified as Fair, put several items in a shopping cart and leave the store just after 7 p.m. When the employee approached Fair, he abandoned the cart and left in a Dodge Intrepid. A deputy saw the car headed east on Washington Road and turn onto Evans to Locks Road. The deputy was behind the car when the Fair failed to stop at the stop sign at Evans Towne Center Boulevard.
The deputy turn on his lights and sirens to stop Fair, who continued and veered into oncoming traffic nearly causing a wreck. Fair then drove onto the sidewalk on Evans-to-Locks Road where his car hit a fire hydrant and landed in a ditch.
Fair got out and ran into a nearby heavily-wooded area where deputies tackled him. He continued to fight the deputy until handcuffed and placed in the patrol car.
Fair and the deputy sustained abrasions from briars and a wire fence.
The deputy found several items in Fair’s car, including a pack of Hanes boxer shorts, two fishing reels and hair straightener