August 5, 2005
A car chase with Richmond County sheriff’s deputies ends with two teenagers arrested. The dash cam video just released captures the whole chase on tape. News 12 shows you what happens in video you will only see on News 12.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says two teenagers asked David Firmin for a ride early Sunday morning. Firmin agreed, but then the sixteen-year-old driver grabbed Firmin around the neck and told him to get out of the car. That’s when the car chase started just after two o’clock Sunday morning.
The video shows the stolen white Honda Accord did not have the headlights on. That’s the main reason why deputies turned on their blue lights. But, that quickly turned into a car chase that ended in two teenagers arrests.
When exiting Gilbert Manor, they took a right onto R.A. Dent Boulevard. You can see the sixteen-year-old driver stopping for red lights and stop signs, trying to avoid attention. With the lights still red, he turns onto Jackson Road trying to avoid hitting anyone in the process.
Another deputy passes him trying to slow the sixteen-year-old driver down, but it doesn’t work. Up ahead you can see the roadblock deputies set up. But, the teenager finds a way to bypass it.
He is now driving on Wrightsboro Road in the middle lane. But, he sees a deputy with his lights on up ahead at the VA hospital. So, he brakes hard and makes a left on Schley Street. That’s when he hits the parked car where you can see the bumper fall off.
As he continues down Schley Street he brakes hard to make a right turn and that’s when the sparks start flying. When he attempts to make another left, he runs off the road, but regains control of the car. He winds up on Peach Orchard Road where you can see deputies have him cornered as they approach the car.
Because of the way the car was positioned, you could not see the arrest. Deputies tell News 12 he was taken out of the car and pushed to the ground.
The sixteen-year-old was charged with hit and run, robbery by force and having no license. He was taken to the Augusta Youth Development campus. The fourteen-year-old was charged with theft by taking a motor vehicle and was released to her parents. Because of their ages, their names won’t be released.