Car chase ends with drug trafficking, shoplifting, assault charges

By: Kate Tillotson
By: Kate Tillotson

A two-state car chase lands three people in jail.

It started at the Augusta Mall and ended in Aiken County where officers found drugs and stolen merchandise.

Auto theft, drug trafficking and fleeing from police are a few of the charges that stem from just a 20 minute ordeal.

"This is basically where it ended," explains Lt. Mark Lovering of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. "I believe it's mile marker 7."

The chase began at the Augusta Mall, where the suspects, two women and one man, were seen loading a stolen car with stolen baby clothes.

The driver then led police down a dangerous path on at least seven of Richmond County's roads, smashing into multiple other vehicles along the way.

They wound up crossing the state line on I-20 before crashing their car.

The man's face was left with cuts and scrapes.

The impact knocked down a portion of the guardrail, but if it weren't for this barrier, more lives could have been threatened.

"This guard rail probably saved no telling how many lives on the other side because it kept the vehicle from going over it," Lt. Lovering says.

In addition to the stolen items, police say crack cocaine was also found on the ground near the area.

The suspects attempted to flee on foot, but were captured.

Because this chase ended in Aiken County, the three suspects were held at the Aiken County Detention Center until Richmond County obtained a warrant.

These two women and young man are facing a host of charges...drug trafficking, shoplifting, reckless driving and aggravated assault just to name a few.

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