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Man sought for fleeing traffic stop

What was supposed to be a routine traffic stop on Cobbham Road in Thomson landed an Augusta woman in jail and a Columbia County man being sought after he fled from local authorities last Friday afternoon.

Thomson police still were seeking the whereabouts of Quincy Barnard Jackson, of Evans, on Monday, according to Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle.

Mr. Jackson, who is described as black, was last seen running through a wooded area off Harrison Road.

After he fled, police officer Josh Caston and his partner Clay Hammond along with several police officers and deputies with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department attempted to find Mr. Jackson in the thick woods.

Officer Caston had spotted Mr. Jackson not wearing his seat belt, while driving a Chevrolet Cavalier near the intersection of Cobbham and Old Washington roads shortly before 1:30 p.m.

Lt. Whittle said Mr. Jackson is wanted on a traffic charge and one count of obstruction on a law enforcement officer. The suspect also is wanted on unspecified warrants by the Richmond County Sheriff's Department.

At the time of the traffic stop, Mr. Jackson had a woman and two small children in the car, Lt. Whittle said.

The mother of one of the children later was taken into custody after driving by the scene and refusing to cooperate with authorities as to whether she was that child's proper caregiver.

"We couldn't just turn the child over to her without knowing for sure that she was the child's mother," Lt. Whittle said. We had to be certain, which is why we called in a caseworker from the McDuffie County Department of Family and Children Services."

The woman, identified as Shavone Letrice Gilyard, 27, of Augusta, was arrested and charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer and having an expired tag, Lt. Whittle said.

Ms. Gilyard was taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center where she since has posted bail and been released.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Jackson should contact the Thomson Police Department at 706-595-2166.

Web posted on Thursday, October 01, 2009

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