Last night Deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Steven Ryan Ritchie, 22, of 779213 Eric Drive, Bonaire, GA. Ritchie is charged with 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 yesterday morning at 8:32 am out of Miramar Beach. A deputy noticed a vehicle fitting the description around 6:43 pm yesterday evening at Express Lane Gas Station located at 979 E State Hwy 20. Upon contact Ritchie rammed the jeep into the deputy’s patrol car, pinned her inside the vehicle and Ritchie fled on foot. A perimeter was set up by patrol and K9 started a track. The Sheriff’s Office Mobile Command Post responded as well as the Aviation Unit and Marine Unit to aide in the search efforts. After 4 ½ hours, Ritchie was arrested at 10:38 pm at 340 State Hwy 20, Freeport.
The deputy involved suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Sacred Heart Hospital in Walton County.