Two men were detained after leading authorities from Georgia and South Carolina on a chase down Interstate 20, during which the suspects struck two other vehicles.
Aqualius Sarkees Battle, 36, of Atlanta, and 26-year-old Omyry Hickson of Kissimmee, Fla., were arrested by South Carolina authorities and placed in the Aiken County detention center, where they remained on Tuesday afternoon.
Battle was charged by the Georgia State Patrol with reckless driving, speeding in excess of maximum limits, driving in the emergency lane, driving within a gore or median, passing on the shoulder of the roadway, driving while unlicensed or with an expired license, no proof of insurance, possession of a fraudulent driverís license or ID, failure to signal when turning or changing lanes and possession of marijuana.
Hickson was charged by Georgia authorities with disorderly conduct.
Lance Cpl. Judd Jones, a spokesman for the S.C. Highway Patrol, said Battle and Hickson face charges in South Carolina of leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, simple possession of marijuana and failure to stop for blue lights.
Additional charges are pending, Jones said.
The chase began in Richmond County about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday when a Georgia trooper initiated a traffic stop on two vehicles for speeding on I-20 east, according to Franka Young, a spokeswoman for Georgia State Patrol.
As the trooper checked the license of the driver of a 2014 Buick Lacross, the driver sped away and the pursuit continued into South Carolina.
The driver, Battle, stopped in the parking lot of a business near mile marker 11 and fled on foot, police said. He was later arrested by South Carolina officers.
Battle is also wanted on charges in Atlanta, Young said.
Jones said the vehicle struck two vehicles near the 5 mile marker on I-20 while fleeing. No injuries were reported.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012.
He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.
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