A Richmond County deputy sustained several broken bones Tuesday morning after wrecking during a police chase across the border in Aiken County, authorities said.
Deputy Wesley Stallings was traveling East on Aiken Augusta Highway in pursuit of a vehicle that previously evaded deputies, a press release says.
“As Deputy Stallings crested the hill at the Greg’s gas station, there was water on the roadway from the sprinklers. Deputy Stallings struck the curb in the curve of the road, entered the median, struck a tree. The car continued across the eastbound lanes, his vehicle left the roadway, went over a hill and embankment coming to a rest in the parking lot of a garage,” sheriff’s Sgt. Kimberly Lee said in a press release.
Deputy Stallings is being treated at Augusta University Medical Center with multiple broken bones in his lower extremities. Deputy Stallings will undergo surgery for his injuries, and recovery is estimated in months.
The RCSO press release did not say anything about the suspect, and Sgt. Lee said she was working to find out that information. WRDW-TV is reporting that the suspect fled on foot.
Deputy Stallings is the same officer who was praised in 2014 for his work in a drug bust that netted over 100 pounds of high-grade marijuana. That case started as a trespassing call and led officers to the drugs at 1604 Goshen Clubhouse Drive.
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