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Suspect identified in Broad Street chase, crash


What started off as a routine traffic stop ended in two cars wrecked at an intersection downtown.

Thursday night around 10:30 deputies arrested Javonist Gant. Deputies say before the crash Gant, 21, ran a red light at 15th and Walton Way. Deputies chased him to downtown where he ran this red light at Broad Street and 7th. Witnesses say that's a car with the right-of-way slammed into Gant.

"There was a person, I saw him hit that car there," said Rochelle Smith. "I saw the car hit them. They need to quit drinking and driving. They need to stop it."

Deputies did not say whether or not alcohol was involved in the crash, but Smith demonstrates how she saw Gant wobbled out of the car. That's when deputies arrested him.

Visitors who frequent downtown say they're now concerned about their family's safety in the area.

"He could've killed somebody. My kids come down here to the Riverwalk and down here so I think it's crazy." said Edward Brooks. "I think they should have more police out here."

Deputies say two people in the other car suffered minor injuries. Deputies also discovered Gant had a passenger in his car. She ran from the scene after the crash, but was found a block away and taken in for questioning.

This isn't Gant's first time running from the law. This mug shot was actually taken after another police chase that ended in a crash in Columbia County. Then, Gant and another man were trying to rob a package store when police spotted them. This time around, deputies say Gant suffered minor injuries, and is now being held in the Richmond County jail. He's being charged with failing to obey a traffic device, reckless driving and fleeing to elude.


Javonist Lavert Gant is behind bars today after leading deputies on a chase through downtown Augusta.

The Sheriff's Office confirms, the chase began when a deputy tried to stop a red 2004 Suzuki Forenza for running a red light at 15th Street and Walton Way.  The vehicle didn't stop and proceeded south on 15th Street to 15th Avenue and into  Dogwood Terrace. Deputies set up in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Olive Road. The driver then ran a red light at the intersection of 7th Street and Broad Street and ran in front of a Black in color 2002 Nissan Maxima.

Gant's car rolled over and came to rest on it's roof on 7th Street just north of the intersection of Broad Street. Deputies arrested Gant and discovered a passenger in the car, Jewel Sturgis, fled the scene. Sturgis was caught by deputies on 8th Street.

Gant was transported to the jail and charged with failing to obey a traffic control device (red light), reckless driving and fleeing to elude.  

The driver and passenger of the other car, were treated on scene for minor injuries.


Part of Broad Street is back open after a wreck near the intersection with 7th Street.

Richmond County deputies on scene said they were chasing someone when the suspect crashed his vehicle.

Witnesses on scene reported seeing the car smash into another vehicle. One man also said the car almost hit him as he was walking down the sidewalk.

Another witness said the driver being pursued stumbled out of his vehicle, and was then taken into custody.

Multiple ambulances were on scene as well. No word on if anyone was hospitalized.

The area was completely blocked off to motorists while investigators were on scene.

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