A Grovetown man was arrested Monday morning after leading police on a chase and trying to ram them.
Ricardo Andrecus Bell, 28, of Old Augusta Highway, was charged with four counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and numerous traffic charges, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Maj. Rick Whitaker.
The incident began just before 10:30 a.m. when Bell met with a Harlem Department of Public Safety informant about a drug sale on Mustang Drive in Harlem, according to department Chief Gary Jones. As Jones and an officer tried to block in Bell and apprehend him, Jones said he hit their patrol vehicles as he tried to escape.
Officers chased Bell out of the city on Gordon Highway. Sheriff’s deputies joined the chase on Old Augusta Highway. It continued onto Old Louisville Road, where Bell sped at about 80 miles per hour.
Bell’s car spun into a ditch on Reynolds Farm Road. As a Harlem officer and a deputy approached Bell’s vehicle with their patrol cars, he lunged forward hitting the two patrol cars.
No none was injured and the patrol cars sustained moderate to severe damage, Whitaker said.
Bell was arrested and taken to the Columbia County Detention Center, where he’s being held without bond.