2 teens arrested for crashing into patrol car, injuring deputies

Derek Cruz and Nathaniel Rogers.
Derek Cruz and Nathaniel Rogers.(Source: The Richmond County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 10:24 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2021 at 11:13 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with an assault on a police officer, authorities say.

The incident happened Friday in the 1100 block of Sterling Ridge Drive, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were looking for two 17-year-olds Nathaniel Rogers and Derek Cruz.

Deputies were called to the area following reports of four Black males pulling on car door handles in the area.

An arrest warrant states Cruz was driving a white Kia Telluride when he reportedly struck a Sheriff’s Office patrol car. A deputy standing in the door way of the patrol car sustained a head injury and back pain, the warrant reads.

A separate arrest warrant states Rogers, driving a black Dodge Journey, struck a deputy as she was standing in the middle of the road. That deputy sustained minor injures to her left shoulder.

Deputies say the two have been arrested for aggravated assault on Tuesday.

Anyone with any additional information about the incident is urged to contact Investigator Sean Morrow or any violent crimes investigator at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, 706-821-1020 or 706-432-5281.

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