Augusta Free Press

Augusta County pursuit ends in arrest

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office apprehended a wanted Greenville man on Thursday after a pursuit that began in Verona and ended in Staunton.

A capias was issued by the Augusta County General District Court authorizing the arrest of Samuel J. Cousins, 42, for failing to comply with pretrial supervision connected to drug and gun charges filed against him in September.

Deputies with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office located and attempted to stop Cousins, who was operating a maroon Saturn, in the Verona area. Cousins initially stopped for a traffic light, then fled after a deputy activated his emergency lights. Deputies pursued Cousins, who was believed to be armed, south on Route11 into the City of Staunton.

On a number of occasions Cousins slammed on his brakes, causing a deputy to make contact with his vehicle as he was being pursued. Just prior to the end of the pursuit Cousins pulled over on North Augusta Street as though he was going to surrender.

As deputies pulled around Cousins car, he purposely drove his Saturn into the side of the unmarked sheriff’s vehicle. Another deputy used his cruiser to immobilize the Saturn and end the pursuit.

Cousins was taken into custody and subsequently transported to the hospital for medical attention. He was treated for minor injuries and released In all (3) Sheriff’s Office vehicles were damaged, but none had to be towed from the scene.

The following charges have been placed against Cousins: two counts of felony assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of felony eluding a law enforcement officer, and the outstanding misdemeanor capias.

Additional traffic related charges are pending.