Aiken man, Augusta woman charged following police pursuit of stolen truck
An Aiken man and an Augusta woman were charged early Wednesday morning following a vehicle pursuit with police down Columbia Highway North.
David Jason Quarles, 41, of Barn Owl Road, is charged with two counts of failure to stop for blue lights; two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle; receiving stolen goods more than $2,000 but less than $10,000; unlawful carrying of a pistol; and distribution of meth, according to jail records.
Quarles also had active bench warrants for two counts of chop shop – unlawfully own, operate, conduct or transport vehicles.
Jennifer Ann Peck, 28, of Maddox Road, is charged with receiving stolen goods, possession of prescription drugs without a prescription and unlawful carrying of a pistol.
Around 1:58 a.m. Wednesday, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Circle K gas station at 2645 Columbia Highway North in Aiken for a patrol check, where they observed a suspicious looking Ford F-150 sitting at a gas pump, according to the report.
Deputies reported the truck had a “matte spray-painted appearance” and the license plate matched to a GMC Sierra, not the Ford.
The female suspect was seen getting out of the truck to pump gas, but, as deputies approached the vehicle to ask about the license plate, the female suspect got back into the passenger side of the truck and the vehicle took off with the gas nozzle still attached.
Deputies then initiated a vehicle pursuit, but the truck did not stop. During the chase, the truck became disabled after the driver attempted to avoid “stop sticks” on Good Springs Road and became entrenched in mud near Missy Lane.
Both suspects attempted to flee on foot, but were both quickly apprehended and identified as Quarles and Peck.
During a search, investigators reported finding a plastic bag in Quarles’ pocket containing over 7 grams of a crystal like substance believed to be crystal meth.
The V.I.N. on the vehicle was checked and came back as a stolen vehicle. Deputies also found two pistols, a Palmetto State Armor AR-15, a crossbow, 15 to 20 different car keys and multiple electric hand tools inside the truck.
A plastic bottle filled with prescription medication was also found under Peck’s seat.
Quarles and Peck were both arrested and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where they were still being held Thursday afternoon.