Parents want changes to North Augusta chase policy

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, July 2, 2007

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC---A police chase through North Augusta leaves a teenager dead. Now some people want to know why officers didn’t call off the chase that ended with a deadly crash.

Carla Coon is a mother who wonders why police didn’t slow down. She says a child shouldn’t be killed over a chase.

That child is 17 year old Coby Plowden. He died Friday night when police say 22-year-old William Taylor led officers on a high speed chase before losing control of his car.

Coon's son almost got into the car with them. But Paul Coon didn't go along because he didn't know Taylor.

Carla Coon visited the crash scene Monday to read the messages left by friends of the teen killed in the crash.

“The kids panicked. I know they did,” says Carla Coon.

Coon wants the North Augusta Police Department to review their policy when it comes to high speed chases.

North Augusta Department of Public Safety says they are still investigating Friday’s crash and cannot comment on the chase at this time. They plan to talk more about what happened later this week.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 26, 2011 at 09:43 PM
    I guess the tox reports have proven quite a few people wrong that apparently knew Coby, hmm, goes to show you don't know people like you think you do. All the stuff that he had in his system, I am shocked that he didn't bounce around to begin with, with everything in his system he didn't know what was going on, what hit him or what he hit. I hope he went peacefully and did not suffer. Parents need to teach their children better and be more of a parent and less of a friend to them. Yes, I know we can teach them everything we can and they can still get out with the wrong crowd, but still parents need to know who their kids are with, it is apparent that this was not the case here. I am terribly sorry that he is no longer physically with his family, but HE IS IN A BETTER PLACE!!!!! A more peaceful place....Coby has the best parent and best teacher he could ever have in any life...RIP Coby, we shall meet again one day. I just hated to know what all you were into and doing that night. Keep smiling with those freckles shining......
  • by Emily taylor on Dec 15, 2008 at 09:10 PM
    The truth was heard in court. Colby was the only one high on ecstacy that night plus high on drugs and alchol from the toxicoligist report, and yes i was prsent in court. So colby could have not been in his right mind. He is just a child what is he doing riding with a 22 years old and having all of those illegal drugs n his system. HELLO THE ONLY ONE ON EXCASTY. but what a inoccent child give me a break everyone was wrong that night. Anyone could have been driving, but colby, dam should't he be home with his family. I bet the judge knows where his child is. Colby was not a child, he was 17. He was in a gang, ran the streets and took deadly drugs.Everyone that has wrote does not know the teenager, he was a wild child. But why is a perfect angel high on ecstacy. His parentd were not concerned then or even noticed. Colby was already ****** up when he got there. Toxicolight report he was the only one on ecstacy. i thought he was a good boy. that drug makes u think and unrasunall things. wer
  • by GA Girl Location: Augusta on Jul 3, 2008 at 11:07 AM
    Over a year later and still no justice for Coby, his friends and family. Could someone PLEASE tell the Aiken County Solicitor's Office that an 18 month settlement out of court is NOT an option for repeat, selfish, violent offenders like Brandon? They aren't responsive to the family.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2007 at 03:11 PM
    Man, K there are some anger issues I see. Well, the tox report did not show diet suppliments, it showed estacy and the others that were in his system, well they will not show as a diet suppliment either. The tests and reports do not lie and the levels, well, they don't lie either. Check the report and see for yourself what the results were. As anyone knows it is not nice to lie and telling the truth gains you more respect. Makes some wonder who exactly supplied the meds. If you were told it was a diet suppliment, then you need new friends, I guess if someone told you that the sky was purple, you would believe it. HMMMM, sounds there is a lot of growing up to be done for a lot of teenagers.
  • by K on Aug 19, 2007 at 03:19 PM
    When Brandon does get sentenced, and put away in the state pin, I hope the other inmates find out why he's there, and beat him to a pulp, after they make him bend over!!!!!
  • by GA Girl Location: Augusta on Aug 16, 2007 at 11:42 AM
    Coby does not have a record. ANY lawyer who says different is a liar. His grandfather was not present at the bond hearing, that is correct. BUT, numerous other family members were, and thankfully so. Brandon had family members there too. Bottom line is that Brandon is the one charged with the criminal acts here and he is the one who is in jail right now. Hallelujah!
  • by k on Aug 12, 2007 at 10:54 AM
    No sweetheart coby, not colby...he did not have a gun i know this for a fact and him or his brother were and are not (also fact) in no gang... he did know brandon...brandon lived a few houses down from him. Lets go on fact from here out... not hear say.... coby did take a pill....but ooops it was'nt even real extacy... his toxicology report will show that it was a diet suppliment! being high on stackers wont make you jump from a car.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2007 at 06:11 AM
    HMMMM how interesting to see such comments, the victim did not have only ecstasy in his system but other drugs as well, not to mention legally drunk for an adult. I am sure the tox report is in. No I am sure he was no angel and have heard of him being in trouble with law as well for drugs and other things. When this all goes to court, I am sure his record, if any, along with everyone else involved will show who they were and what type of people they were.....why was he not living with his parents???????? could they not handle him or had they given up on him?????????
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2007 at 09:31 AM
    I see how u choose to answer the other questions, why was he over there at a persons how he didnt't know and getting into a car w/ him. colby was no angle he did not even live w/ his parents, he lived w/ his grandfather and he was not even present @ the bond hearing. and the reason he was trying to jump b/c he was high on extacy look of the defenation and what it makes the brain think. maybe if he didnt jump, like the others he would still be here. and for colby I do know he carried a gun and was in aheavy gang him and his brother , will see if he has a record, lawers to wonders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by KT Location: NA on Aug 8, 2007 at 03:44 PM
    Anonymous, How can you blame someone who was in the back seat? There were only two hands on the wheel of that car that friday night... and they were not coby's! Brandons police record is proof that he is careless, and had been careless before on several other occasions, coby on the other hand HAS NO CRIMINAL RECORD... Yes coby may have asked for a ride, but a normal 22 yr. old man who had been drinking would have said NO! I know for a fact that Coby and both of the other boys told Brandon to stop & slow down, Brandon said "Naw i got this" and continue traviling through North Augusta at speeds over 100 MPH. Eye witnesses saw coby even trying to get out of the car right before they crashed. I knew Coby very well and if he was scared enough to jump from a car going that fast the he had to have been terrified. Brandon might as well have just murdered coby with his own two hands...the same two that were on the wheel that night!
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