Man turns himself in days after cop chase
An Augusta man turned himself in to authorities Monday, three days after he led deputies on a brief chase early Friday.
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 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, Morris said.
Evans man arrested for kidnapping ex
An Evans man was arrested Friday,charged with kidnapping and robbing his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint early Friday.
John Daryl Maynard, 42, of Cape Cod Drive, was arrested in Richmond County and was charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and by a convicted felon, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.
Maynard’s 44-year-old ex-girlfriend said she returned to her Martinez home after work at about 1:50 a.m. Friday.
Maynard, armed with a handgun, confronted her and forced her back into her car, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office report.
Maynard forced her to drive back to the Burger King restaurant she manages in Augusta and withdraw $1,750 from the safe.
Maynard then ordered her to drive to the Georgia Bank and Trust on Columbia Road in Martinez, where she withdrew $360 while being held at gunpoint, according to the report.
Maynard returned the woman to her home and left in a purple Geo Prizm.
Maynard was arrested in Augusta and is being held in the Richmond County Detention Center without bond.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Man wanted for giving brother’s name to police
An Augusta man was arrested Thursday for traffic charges and is wanted after identifying himself as his brother to deputies.
Cedric Armon Golden, 30, of Southgate Drive, was charged with driving with suspended registration and no insurance. He’s wanted for lying to deputies.
A deputy saw a Dodge Durango with suspended registration and no insurance behind Lowe’s on Bobby Jones Expressway at about 5:15 p.m. He followed the car, driven by Golden, to West Town shopping center and confronted Golden as he got out of the car.
Golden, who identified himself by his brother’s name, said he didn’t have a drivers license with him. The deputy checked and discovered he, under his brother’s name, had a valid drivers license, but was on federal probation.
He was arrested for the insurance and registration violations and released from the Columbia County Detention Center Thursday after posting a $2,200 bond,.
The probation officer supervising Golden’s brother called him and asked why he was arrested. His brother said he wasn’t arrested and that his younger brother used his personal information. Deputies confirmed Golden was the one arrested, not his older brother.
The citations against Golden’s brother were voided and Golden was charged for lying to authorities. He is wanted for giving a false name and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
Truck stolen from gas station
A man called deputies early Friday after someone stole his truck from a Martinez gas station.
The 78-year-old man said he went inside the Circle K at 403 South Belair Road just before 7 a.m.
When he came out about 10 minutes later, his 1970 Chevrolet truck was gone.
The man said the brown and white truck had a white camper shell and was locked when he went inside the store.
Deputies found glass near where the truck was parked.
The man said he had the keys with him in the store.
An attempted vehicle theft nearby might be related to the stolen truck. A Martinez man said someone tried to steal his truck before 7:30 a.m. from his home on Westmont Drive.
The truck was unlocked and the thief broke the plastic steering column in an attempt to start it.
Woman interrupts burglary
A Martinez woman called deputies Thursday afternoon when she believes she scared away a burglar in her house.
The 60-year-old woman said she returned to her Gentlewind Lane home at about 3:20 p.m. and found her kitchen windows and doors to a patio open. A door leading to from the patio to a laundry room, another leading to the backyard and the backyard gate also were open. The kitchen table also was moved away from the windows.
All doors were locked when the woman left at 1:15 p.m. Nothing inside the home was disturbed or taken.
The woman said she believes someone came in through the windows as she returned home. She scared off the burglar who she thinks ran out the back door.
Men hear vandal breaking window
A Martinez man said he and a friend heard someone break a window of his home Thursday night.
The 25-year-old man said he was answering the door for a friend just before midnight and heard a loud crash in the back of his home. The man ran to the back bedroom while his friend ran around the outside of the home. They found a broken bedroom window and a large rock and glass on the bed.
The men checked the outside of the house and the nearby woodline, but didn’t see anyone and didn’t hear any fleeing cars.
Columbia County Fire Rescue activity report for Jan. 6-12:
Medical calls, 28; activated fire alarms, 10; vehicle wrecks, seven; assist citizens, three; structure fires, three; investigations, three; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; controlled/unauthorized burn, one; and vehicle fire, one.