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Richmond County police arrest suspect in vehicle pursuit ending in Aiken County

September 7, 2018

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Department has arrested the man wanted in connection to the vehicle pursuit Tuesday, which started in Augusta and ended in Aiken County.

David Smith, 26, was charged with felony fleeing and eluding police after he was arrested Wednesday at 11:25 p.m., according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Safety Division began pursuing Smith, who was driving a 2013 White Dodge Avenger, when police clocked him in at going 90 mph on Gordon Highway in Augusta.

Smith eluded police, continuing on Laney Walker Boulevard and 4th Street before entering into South Carolina. The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office was called in to assist in the pursuit.

The vehicle pursuit came to an end at 1029 Paddock Lane in Jackson, but Smith fled and was not able to be located at the time, police reported.

Deputy Wesley Stallings, with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department, was also injured while en route to assist deputies with this pursuit. He was traveling east on Aiken-Augusta Highway when he hit water on the roadway, causing him to wreck his vehicle.

Stallings was taken to a hospital in Augusta to be treated for multiple broken bones in his lower extremities.

Officials say Stallings will have to undergo surgery for his injuries and recovery is estimated to take a few months.

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