Central man arrested after high-speed chase

Staff Report


OCONEE COUNTY — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Central man on multiple charges after a pursuit early Sunday morning.

Donald Avery Ridley, 38, of 105 Sheriff Road in Central, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:37 a.m.

He was charged in traffic tickets with driving under suspension (second offense), improper vehicle license and reckless driving. He also was charged with possession of methamphetamine and failure to stop for a blue light.

According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office:

A deputy pursued a maroon sports bike early Sunday morning that was traveling west on Longcreek Highway near Welcome Church Road at a high rate of speed.

The deputy tried to stop the bike but the driver accelerated and a pursuit began. The driver, later identified as Ridley, led the deputy on a chase for several miles, often in the wrong lane.

Once he was stopped, deputies found methamphetamine on Ridley during a search and learned that his license was suspended. Also, the tag of the motorcycle did not match the VIN on the bike.

He remained at the Oconee County Detention Center on Monday on a combined $11,942.50 surety bond on the charges.


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