Macon man arrested after chase involving Bibb deputies

Bibb County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Macon man after a pursuit early Monday morning and charged him with multiple crimes.

Deputies arrested Thomas Richardson, 32, of Runnymede Lane in Macon, and charged him with parole violation, burglary, obstruction, two counts of interference with government property, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and eluding police.

A deputy spotted Richardson, who was driving a blue Chevrolet Corsica, traveling the wrong way down a one-way street on Hardeman Avenue at about 4 a.m., the report said. The vehicle continued to elude deputies, traveling along Walnut Street and Riverside Drive before getting onto Interstate 16 West, then Interstate 75 South.

Deputies attempted to stop Richardson with spike strips, but he avoided them. However, the tires of two of the pursuing vehicles were punctured by the spikes.

Richardson continued to elude deputies and exited the interstate at Hartley Bridge Road, running through several traffic lights and traveling on the wrong side of the street. He then got back onto I-75 and headed north, where he exited onto Eisenhower Parkway.

Richardson turned onto Second Street after he hit a sheriff’s patrol car and headed toward downtown.

Richardson turned into the sheriff’s office parking lot and came to a stop after hitting a sheriff’s van. Richardson refused to get out of the vehicle, but deputies were able to remove him. Deputies then placed him under arrest, the report said.

Richardson allegedly told authorities that he ran because he was on parole, the report said.

According to the report, Richardson is a suspect in a burglary at the Pig in a Pit restaurant on Bass Road at about 2:30 a.m., in which he is captured on video. He also is suspected of a second burglary, the release said. A cash register was found in the front seat of the Corsica.

Anyone with information should contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 746-9441 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.