Man fled from deputies, drove into Savannah River

Man fled from deputies, drove into Savannah River

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A man who fled from deputies and drove into the Savannah River Friday afternoon is in the custody of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Henry Church, 43, of the 200 block of Collins Drive in Waynesboro has an outstanding warrant from Burke County for simple battery and an outstanding warrant for a probation violation in Richmond County, according to officials at the scene.

A Richmond County deputy tried to pull Church over after hearing a report that he was possibly firing shots from the Ford F150 he was driving.

Church then fled and drove down a boat ramp into the Savannah River at Lock and Dam Park, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Deputies dove into the water to try to help him, but he swam across to the South Carolina side.

Aiken County Sheriff's deputies caught Church and have him in custody.

Dive teams are searching the water to make sure no one else was in the vehicle.

Stay with WFXG for updates.


Deputies are searching for a suspect in the water at the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, according to a Richmond County deputy.

DNR is on the scene and dive teams have also been called out, according to dispatch.

The officer on scene says a vehicle was pushed into the water. He doesn't know what the person they're searching for is suspected of.

The chase began at 4:15 p.m. Friday afternoon, according to dispatch.

WFXG has a crew on the way to the scene. Stay with us for updates.