Richmond County police seek suspect after vehicle pursuit ends in Aiken County

September 6, 2018

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a suspect following a vehicle pursuit Tuesday morning through Aiken County, which left one deputy injured after wrecking his vehicle.

Around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Safety Division began pursuing the driver of a 2013 White Dodge Avenger that was previously clocked speeding at 90 mph on Gordon Highway in Augusta, according to a release provided by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department.

The driver of that vehicle, later identified as 26-year-old David Smith, was seen driving on Laney Walker Boulevard and 4th Street as he continued to attempt to elude police; the pursuit then entered into South Carolina and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office was called in to assist in the pursuit, the release states.

The vehicle pursuit ended at 1029 Paddock Lane in Jackson, but Smith fled and was not able to be located, police reported.

Smith is now wanted for felony fleeing and eluding, according to the release.

Deputy Wesley Stallings, with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department, was injured while en route to assist deputies with this pursuit. Stallings was traveling east on Aiken-Augusta Highway and as he crested the hill at the Greg’s Gas Plus gas station, there was water on the roadway from the sprinklers, the release states.

Stallings struck the curb in the curve of the road, entered the median and struck a tree. The car then continued across the eastbound lanes before leaving the roadway, going over the embankment and finally coming to a rest in the parking lot of a garage, police reported.

Stallings was transported the Augusta University Medical Center to be treated for multiple broken bones in his lower extremities. He will undergo surgery for his injuries and recovery is estimated to take a few months, according to the release.

Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at 706-821-1080.

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