Steven Ryan Ritchie, 22, of 779213 Eric Drive, Bonaire, GA, was arrested and charged August 27th by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, leaving a scene of an accident with injuries, resisting arrest with violence and grand theft auto. Ritchie was driving a 1999 blue Jeep Wrangler which was reported stolen out of Miramar Beach. Upon contact, Ritchie rammed the jeep into a deputy’s patrol car, pinning the deputy inside the vehicle and causing injury to the deputy’s shoulder. Ritchie fled on foot but was apprehended nearly 5 hours later by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office are also charging Ritchie for Armed Burglary, Grand Theft of a Firearm and Grand Theft. On August 17th, Ritchie entered a residence in Santa Rosa Beach, by breaking a window to gain entry and deprived the victim of their personal belongings valued over $10,000.00 to include a Ruger pistol.
Ritchie was also arrested for an out of state fugitive warrant from Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia for Theft by Taking a Motor Vehicle.
Ritchie is currently in the Walton County Jail.