AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Deputies arrested 2 people after a high speed chase that started in North Augusta and ended in Augusta.
The incident report says North Augusta Public Safety responded to the Rack Room Shoes on Martintown Rd. for shoplifting. On his way to the store, the officer spotted the vehicle they were looking for and pursued it across the 13th St. bridge into Georgia.
During the chase, the officer confirmed the truck was stolen out of Edgefield County.
“We just seen them on Broad Sreet, flying and that’s what caught everybody’s attention…You’re not going to see North Augusta over here a lot,” says Donny Kitchens who saw the chase in downtown Augusta and took pictures of the scene where it ended
The incident report says the chase ended when the driver, Richard Campbell, hit another car then hit a tree on Hickman Rd. near Central Avenue in Augusta. Campbell took off running after the car crashed, but deputies were able to track him down. Campbell and two passengers, Denise Carter and John Jennings were taken into custody by Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies. Only Carter and Campbell were booked into the jail.
“No one looked hurt,” Kitchens says.
Campbell told officers he used a plier-like tool to start the stolen vehicle. His drivers license is also suspended. Officers found a pair of boots that cost about $100 and were taken from the Rack room Shoes inside the truck.
Campbell faces charges for shoplifting, driving under suspension, possession of a stolen vehicle and failure to stop for blue lights. The incident report does not list what charges, if any the other two passengers are facing.
Pictures below taken by Donny Kitchens
Photojournalist Gary Hipps