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Posted: October 5, 2011 - 2:55pm

Martinez man killed in rollover

A Martinez man died late Saturday after fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run crash and flipping his Jeep.

Brian Fleeman, 33, was pronounced dead after he was ejected from his vehicle on Hickman Road in Augusta, according to Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Paul Johnson.

While heading east on Walton Way, Fleeman ran a red light at Milledge Road about 11:15 p.m. and struck a 1994 Mercury Marquis in the right rear, Johnson said.

After the crash, Fleeman traveled down Walton Way and turned right on Hickman Road. He ran a red light at the intersection with Central Avenue and hit a parked Chevrolet Equinox, causing him to flip his Jeep and be ejected, Johnson said.

Johnson added that Fleeman was not wearing a seat belt. Toxicology results are pending.

None of the three passengers in the Marquis was injured, but the Equinox has extensive damage from the crash, Johnson said.

The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org:

Teen robbed on Chamblin Road

A Grovetown teen called police Thursday evening claiming a man tried to rob her on Chamblin Road.

The 17-year-old said she was driving south on the 700 block of Chamblin Road just after 8 p.m. when she saw a cardboard box in her lane. As she slowed down to avoid the box, a man ran up to the passenger side of her car, banged on the window and demanded money.

When she stopped the car, the teen said, the man ran to the driver's side, opened the door and pulled her out, demanding money.

When she told the man she didn't have any , the teen said the man punched her in the stomach three times.

Approaching headlights scared the would-be robber away.

The teen described her assailant as 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-10, about 200 pounds, wearing dark clothing, gloves and a face covering.

Police chase led to lake shore

Authorities chasing a man Friday afternoon found his abandoned vehicle on the shore of Clarks Hill Lake.

A deputy said he was looking for Kevin Allen Whitener, 28, who reportedly was driving a U.S. Army surplus Blazer with camouflage paint and was wanted for stealing diesel fuel and boat batteries in Appling. The deputy saw the vehicle with Whitener driving on Winfield Road just before noon.

When the deputy turned around, he said Whitener drove through a stop sign and turned onto Lakeside Drive. He sped up quickly when the deputy turned on the lights and siren. The tag on the vehicle was stolen from a Ford truck belonging to a Martinez man.

Whitener refused to stop and continued to drive about 50 mph on Lakeside Drive. He turned onto a road leading to a boat ramp and went down the boat ramp and turned onto the Clarks Hill Lake shore. The deputy followed until it got too muddy for the patrol car. He called in the state Department of Natural Resources to respond with an off-road vehicle.

DNR officers found the vehicle abandoned about 125 feet from the shoreline between some trees in an attempt to hide it.

Warrants were issued for Whitener's arrest.

Ketchup stolen from truck

A truck driver called police to a hotel near Interstate 20 on Friday claiming someone stole ketchup from his truck.

The 40-year-old driver for Chapman Trucking, of Maine, told police his truck was parked in the back lot of the Motel 6 at 459 Park West Drive from 5:30 p.m. Thursday until Friday morning.

The driver said someone used a bolt cutter to cut the padlock of the cargo trailer. The thief stole four cases of Heinz ketchup worth about $500.

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report for Sept. 25-Oct. 1: Medical calls, 25; activated fire alarms, 21; vehicle wrecks, seven; investigations, four; structure fires, four; vehicle fires, three; wood/brush/grass fires, two; electrical incidents, one; ruptured gas line, one; and assist citizens, one.

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