Driver who died in chase was Walgreens robber, troopers say

Published: Oct. 13, 2022 at 10:44 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2022 at 9:11 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - We have new details on the driver being chased by authorities when he crashed a car into a tree and died Thursday night: He was the robber of a local Walgreens who was being sought by authorities.

Richmond County deputies and the Georgia State Patrol were involved in Thursday night’s chase that ended near Warren Baptist Church in the 3200 block of Washington Road after the vehicle crashed into a tree and the driver was ejected.

GSP said the chase began at 8:51 p.m. when troopers from Post 25 Grovetown attempted to stop a stolen Honda Accord on Berkmans Road.

The driver failed to stop and a high-speed pursuit began.

The driver fled west on Washington Road, where he lost control and the vehicle crashed into a tree.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt and suffered fatal injuries. According to Coroner Mark Bowen, the driver was pronounced dead on the scene at 10 p.m.

GSP said it learned the driver had committed an armed robbery this week at a Walgreens in Richmond County.

At the time of the pursuit, he had a handgun in his possession and was wearing the same gloves he had on during the armed robbery, GSP said.

He was identified as Kenneth Thomas Paige, 32 of Augusta. He has a prior conviction of armed robbery, GSP said.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office had reported the robbery on Tuesday of a Walgreens at 2493 Tobacco Road. That robber was last seen leaving the scene in a red sedan, possibly a Honda Accord, traveling north on Windsor Spring Road.

Robber and getaway vehicle at Walgreens on Tobacco Road
Robber and getaway vehicle at Walgreens on Tobacco Road(Contributed)

The traffic death was the most recent of a few in Augusta over the past few days.

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