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Chase in North Augusta ends with more than $6,000 in damages to police vehicle

February 2, 2019

A Beech Island man was arrested Thursday night following a pursuit with deputies in North Augusta, which left a police cruiser severely damaged.

Charles Edward Plaster, 58, of the 200 block of Bleachery Street in Beech Island, is charged with two counts of assault/attempted murder, failure to stop for a blue light, malicious injury to property, habitual traffic offender and shoplifting $2,000 or less in value, according to jail records.

Plaster also faces multiple traffic-related charges, which include reckless driving, driving under suspension and driving an uninsured vehicle, records show.

According to the report, Plaster led Aiken County Sheriff’s deputies on a wild chase.

An Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputy reported observing a 1999 Dodge Ram leave a home on Gilmore Avenue, which is a known location for criminal activity.

The deputy noticed the vehicle didn’t have a license plate and the driver, Plaster, was unable to maintain the lane. Suspecting the vehicle was stolen, the deputy initiated a traffic stop on Cherokee Drive and Birch Street in North Augusta, but Plaster continued driving, according to the report.

Plaster initially drove slowly while being pursued, but then picked up speed after turning on Byars Lane, the report stated. Plaster attempted to make a right turn onto Birch Street and drove over a ditch at high speed, sending the front end into the air.

After hitting the ditch, Plaster managed to regain control of the truck and continued to drive on Birch Street. The deputy continued to pursue, when Plaster suddenly put the truck in reverse and rammed the deputy’s police cruiser, causing both vehicles to become stuck together, according to the report.

Plaster put his vehicle in drive and began dragging the police car, the report states. He drove forward and backward trying to free his truck, which he finally managed to do after a few attempts.

The police chase continued with Plaster turning down multiple streets, which almost led to him hitting another car on Apache Drive.

Plaster continued to drive onto a dead-end road, at which point he again reversed his truck and rammed into the deputy’s cruiser for a second time.

After hitting the cruiser again, Plaster turned his vehicle around and started driving on Woodland Drive. After seeing another deputy heading toward him, Plaster swerved into the opposite lane of traffic, coming at the deputy head on, which forced that deputy to turn off the roadway to avoid Plaster’s vehicle, according to the report.

Plaster made several more turns while the two deputies pursued him, but his truck “ran wide” when he tried to turn onto Spring Road and he drove into a yard, the report states. Plaster again reversed his vehicle and rammed his truck into the first deputy’s car for the third time.

The two vehicles became stuck together again. Plaster attempted to free the truck for a second time, but the second deputy got out of his vehicle, ran up to Plaster’s driver’s side window and broke the glass. The deputy then forcibly removed Plaster from the vehicle, bringing the pursuit to an end, according to the report.

Plaster was arrested and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was still being held Friday afternoon.

The Sheriff’s Office reported Plaster caused over $6,000 worth of damage to the deputy’s vehicle. The deputy was treated for minor cuts, but had no severe injuries from the incident.

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