AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -The Georgia State Patrol was on scene near the Kroc Center on Broad St. where a person was taken to the hospital after running into the side of a patrol car after fleeing troopers Friday, Nov. 29.
According to Georgia State Patrol, at 8:52 p.m. Trooper Richard Justice conducted a traffic stop on a Honda Accord that was failing to maintain lanes on Broad St. The driver, 24-year-old Terrell Beatty, then accelerated and led them on a car chase down Broad St. Beatty made a right onto Crawford Ave. and struck a curb causing his vehicle to disable.
Georgia State Patrol said deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office were sitting in an adjacent parking lot.
GSP said Beatty fled on foot back across Broad St. after crashing his vehicle. GSP went on to say Beatty darted from the side of a building and ran into the right side of Trooper Justice’s patrol vehicle.
One Richmond County deputy located a handgun and a small bag of marijuana laying on the ground next to Beatty. Officials with Georgia State Patrol say Beatty was taken to Augusta University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
State Patrol also stated Beatty had outstanding warrants with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Beatty is facing the following charges: failure to maintain lane, DUI, reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude, pedestrian must not dart out in traffic, failure to report an accident with property, open container, no seat belt, driving while license suspended, possession of a firearm while under first offender sentence, and possession of marijuana.
According to GSP, Troop E Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.
The investigation is on-going and the dash cam video from Trooper Justice’s patrol car will not be released until the case is adjudicated.
State Patrol is aware of the video and rumors that have been circulating on social media saying that Beatty was “run over” by the patrol car and died. They say these statements are false and are “a disservice to Beatty’s family and the agencies involved when they continue to circulate.”